Rhode Island may become the next state to ban veal crates from being used within its borders. The Senate voted on the measure on Tuesday, and the amended bill will be sent to the House of Representatives for a vote on June 6. The House of Representatives originally passed a law to ban veal crates before the Senate but its bill differed.
The banning of veal crates is not relatively new. The United Kingdom banned the use of veal crates in 1990, and the European Union followed with a ban in 2007. In the United States, only five states have banned veal crates: Arizona (effective 2012), Colorado (effective 2012), California (effective 2013), Maine (went into effet in 2011), and Michigan (effective 2013).
Should Rhode Island’s law pass in the House of Representatives, and then be signed into law, it will go into effect one year after its passage in 2013, just as California’s and Michigan’s ban on veal crates.
To read the entire bill in its entirety, visit the State of Rhode Island General Assembly’s website.