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Ohio Voters Will Have Final Say On Proposed Livestock Board

Ohio voters will decide next week whether to create a board to oversee livestock care in a plan pushed by the agriculture industry to fight off animal rights groups. The move could give farmers in rural America a blueprint for battling groups intent on outlawing cramped cages for cows, chickens and hogs. The board would include farmers and animal care experts. Voters in California, Florida and Arizona have approved measures that require more space for confined farm animals. Similar rules have been adopted by lawmakers in Colorado, Maine, Michigan and Oregon. Supporters of such rules say animals deserve humane treatment. Opponents argue that the regulations force farmers to make costl