COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment that would require minimum standards for housing Ohio farm animals has passed a preliminary hurdle.
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray approved a written summary of the amendment Friday in a step needed before petition signatures can be gathered toward getting the measure on the ballot. Cordray says the summary is a fair and truthful statement about the proposed amendment, which would require a state board to prevent the cruel and inhumane treatment of farm animals.
The potential vote sets up a fight between the agriculture industry and animal rights activists intent on outlawing what they say are cramped cages for chickens and hogs.
Ohioans last year approved a farm industry-backed amendment that created a livestock board to oversee animal standards.