Several key bills that will impact the Indiana livestock industry will see action in the Indiana legislature, HB 1099 and SB166 both deal with the issue of who should set animal care standards in the state. Bob Kraft with Indiana Farm Bureau says these bills establish the Indiana Board of Animal Health as the regulatory authority on animal care, “We support this legislation so that what happened in Michigan will not happen in Indiana.” In Michigan, there was an effort to have a separate entity dominated by animal rights groups, set the standards for animal care. Kraft said these bills would place in state statutes the authority of the BOAH to set and regulate standards of animal care.
While these bills are similar in intent, HB 1099 is preferred by Farm Bureau and the state’s livestock commodity groups because it details with greater specificity the factors BOAH should consider when establishing livestock and poultry care standards.
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