Ag board approves care standards for farm animals

MGN Online

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Board of Agriculture has approved standards for the care of livestock despite concerns raised by the U.S. Humane Society.

Humane Society spokeswoman Pam Rogers said in a statement that the organization is concerned about practices allowed by the standards such as docking the tails of dairy cows, housing egg-laying hens in cages, and penning sows in gestation crates.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told the Lexington Herald-Leader that said the standards represent humane ways to handle livestock.

Kentucky Farm Bureau spokesman Jeff Harper says that organization is happy with the standards, which will "protect animal agriculture" in the state.

The regulations still have to go through a review process that includes public comments and legislative hearings.