Earlier this year, an agreement was reached between farm group leaders, Gov. Strickland and the Humane Society of the United States that the latter says would improve living conditions for livestock and animals in Ohio. It's been five months and so far, little has been checked off that checklist. Wayne Pacelle is the Director of the Humane Society of the United States. He says he thinks the state's newly created animal care advisory board is working on the measures that would phase out certain types of crates for livestock. And he says he thinks Governor Strickland will sign an executive order banning the sale of exotic animals in Ohio soon. But when it comes to the legislature passing legislation to end puppy mills and cockfighting, Pacelle says his group will have to be patient.
Pacelle's group has collected the required number of petition signatures needed to put an animal welfare initiative on the statewide ballot, just as the organization has done in other states. He could use those signatures to put the issue on the ballot in the future if he chooses.