Beef on the ballot, Local egg and cattle producers worry about initiative’s effects

Laura Brown

The Union

At least one local rancher is worried a state initiative regulating the treatment of farm animals and set to appear before voters this November could add another cost and burdensome regulation to his operation.

Others think the measure could generate a shift in consumer tastes, driving more people to chose small farms over agriculture giants.

The Treatment of Farm Animals Statute would require calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs enough space to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up and turn around. Penalties include fines of up to $1,000 or 180 days of jail time.

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