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There is no excuse for cramming pregnant pigs into crates, keeping calves tied up in tiny, dark stalls, and cutting off parts of cows' tails without any painkillers. These are standard for the livestock industry at the moment, but Kentucky can and should do better than to mistreat animals in this way.

The Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission was created to “establish standards governing the care and well-being of on-farm livestock,” but instead the Commission is attempting to enshrin these cruel pratices into law.  

Here are what the expert say about permitting dairy cows to have their tails cut off and farm animals to be confined in cages so small they’re unable to even turn around:

·         Renowned animal scientist Dr. Temple Grandin states, “Gestation crates are a real problem. Basically you’re asking a sow to live in an airline seat.” She continues, We’ve got to treat animals right, and gestation stalls have got to go.”

·         Randy Strauss, CEO of Strauss Veal (the nation’s largest veal producer) calls veal crates “inhumane and archaic” and says they“do nothing more than subject a calf to stress, fear, physical harm and pain.”

·         “The cumulative body of research on tail docking speaks loudly. The early reported benefits do not exist, and tail docking is now more of a producer preference than a cow cleanliness/udder health issue… The dairy industry should eliminate the routine practice of docking tails.” -- Thomas Quaife, editor, Dairy Herd Management

We all know that confining and mutilating animals like this is not right. Consumers are increasingly speaking out against these cruelties and there is simply no excuse.

Kentucky residents oppose these inhumane practices, and our laws should reflect this! Attempts by the Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission to justify these types of cruelties is bad public policy!

Please help protect Kentucky farm animals by signing this petition and contacting Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer at (502) 573-0450 & Kentucky State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Stout at (502) 564-3956 and voice your opposition to gestation crates, veal crates, and cattle tail docking!  

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Letter to
Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission
Governor Steven Beshear
State Representative Thomas McKee
and 8 others
Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association Darrell L. Link
Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association Dr. Charles Townsend
Kentucky Farm Bureau Danny Wilkinson
Chair, KY Animal Control Advisory Board Dr. Linda K. Grimes
Associate Dean of Research, UK College of Agriculture Nancy M. Cox
State Veterinarian, Kentucky Department of Agriculture Dr. Robert Stout
Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer
State Senator David Givens
This Commission was created to develop standards of care for farm animals in Kentucky, not codify inhumane and cruel practices into law.

Developing public policies through open and public meetings is a fundamental part of our democratic process that ensures integrity and transparency. Instead of following the law, this Commission has been meeting in secret with the intent to rubber-stamp some of the worst forms of animal cruelty opposed by both veterinarians and the public.

The Commission’s current draft standards allow for the intensive confinement of calves (in veal crates) and pigs (in gestation crates) so small they can't even turn around and dairy cow's tail to be cut off without pain killers. These practices fall unacceptably short of providing for the care and well-being of Kentucky farm animals and are unacceptable.

Please reconsider your position on cattle tail docking, gestation crates, and veal crates – these practices are out of step with mainstream veterinary opinion, sound science, and public sentiment.


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