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Published November 23, 2010, 09:22 AM

New Ohio ag director will review animal care deal

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio’s next agriculture director wants to review at a deal arranged by the outgoing governor and animal rights activists that would bring tougher laws governing farm animals.

By: John Seewer, Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio’s next agriculture director wants to review at a deal arranged by the outgoing governor and animal rights activists that would bring tougher laws governing farm animals.

The agreement calls for banning certain crates and cages and strangulation as a form of euthanasia for sick or injured animals.

Republican Gov.-elect John Kasich has tapped former poultry farmer and current state lawmaker James Zehringer to be the next agriculture director.

Zehringer says he’s not sure whether they’ll be any changes to the deal.

But he says incoming administration doesn’t want to let out-of-state animal activists to dictate policy in Ohio.

The state’s agriculture leaders agreed to a compromise on the animal rules because they wanted to avoid a costly ballot fight.

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