PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate plans to vote on legislation that would ban the use of crates to confine calves raised for veal.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure Tuesday. The House has already passed its version of the bill.
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 also would be restricted.
Supporters of the ban say even though Rhode Island has few livestock farmers, it's important to set rules to ensure animals are treated humanely.
Veal crates already are banned in several states.
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