PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island would ban the use of crates to confine calves raised for veal under legislation heading to a vote.
The Rhode Island House is scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday. The Senate is considering similar legislation.
The proposal would make it illegal to confine livestock to the point where animals cannot turn around or extend their limbs.
That would outlaw the use of veal crates, small enclosures designed to limit movement and keep the calf's flesh tender.
Crates used to confine pregnant pigs would also be prohibited. Rep. Patricia Serpa is the legislation's sponsor. The West Warwick Democrat says Rhode Islanders expect their livestock to be treated humanely.
She said she has heard little opposition to the proposal. Veal crates are banned in several states.
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