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May 26, 2010

HSUS Statement in Response to Ohio Dairy Farm Investigation

On Wednesday, Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response to the release of an investigation by the organization Mercy for Animals into a dairy farm operation in Union County, Ohio:

"The people who committed the sadistic and barbaric cruelty documented by Mercy for Animals at an Ohio dairy should have the book thrown at them. These deeply disturbing attacks against helpless animals should be troubling to anyone with any level of decency. Given the anemic state of Ohio's anti-cruelty laws, it is time for the Legislature to upgrade these statutes so judges and prosecutors have the tools to handle people who engage in malicious cruelty, including to farm animals."

Pacelle is in Ohio this week, touring the state with family farmers in support of the Ohioans for Humane Farms ballot initiative to promote the humane treatment of farm animals. The measure would ban inhumane killing of animals on the farm, outlaw the transport of downer cattle, and halt the extreme confinement of veal calves, breeding pigs, and laying hens in cages barely larger than their bodies.

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