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A proposed Oregon ballot initiative for 2022 would effectively criminalize the breeding of food animals in the state by classifying their slaughter as aggravated abuse and redefining artificial insemination and castration as sexual assault . Initiative Petition 13, filed with Oregon election officials in November, would remove farmers’ exemptions from existing laws prohibiting cruelty to …

The RSPCA released a report ranking slaughterhouses, slaughterhouses and poultry processors across the country according to their animal welfare standards. The group hopes the report will help the meat industry adopt similar regulations across state and territory borders, rather than continuing to have very different rules and regulations. RSPCA Australia chief scientist Bidda Jones said …