Today marks a special day in the history of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board as they begin to change their first legislative draft into law. That's right, they've finally finished their first public draft. In retrospect it's becoming more a good idea to have made that deal with HSUS to back off of this fall's ballot initiative since it has take this long just to get anything on paper out of the board. I'm even surprised by how long it has taken them to materialize anything but at least it is hopefully a well-thought and debated piece of paper. Well, more like many pieces of paper. You can read their proposed standards for euthanasia online. Of note, there is not a provision for legal strangulation or hanging of livestock as an approved method of euthanasia, so this stands within the agreement with HSUS from this summer.
Personally, I found everything in that document to be acceptable and to show promise of progress towards better regulated animal well-being in the future. However, these are just the accepted euthanasia practices and we have a long way to go from here.