Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board passes vote on euthanasia standards

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Oct. 5, 2010) Ð The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board today unanimously voted to create new euthanasia livestock care standardsÑthe first such set of standards created in the stateÕs history. Proposed euthanasia rules will be filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) to begin the rule making process. The Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs, who also serves as the boardÕs chairman, said through a careful, transparent and diligent process, the board is delivering its promise to Ohio voters. ÒAs chairman of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, I am proud of the hard work the board has put forth to craft our stateÕs first livestock care standards,Ó said Boggs. ÒThrough an open and deliberative process, the board has created standards that address acceptable methods of euthanasia for all livestock that are clear and practical for OhioÕs livestock producers.Ó The standards will be posted to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards BoardÕs website and distributed through the E Notification System for comment. The proposed rules will be posted for a two-week period on the boardÕs website, and during this time, comments may be e-mailed toÊ[email protected]. The proposed euthanasia rules will then be filed with the JCARR to begin the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 119 administrative rule process. For more information about the JCARR process, visitÊhttps://www.jcarr.state.oh.us/. The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is charged with establishing statewide standards governing the care and well-being of livestock while promoting food safety, preventing animal and human diseases and encouraging local food production. For more information about the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, visitwww.ohiolivestockcarestandardsboard.org.

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