In February, Humane Society of the United States officials met with several Ohio farm groups to discuss their goals to change how the state’s hens and hogs are housed, writes Ben Sutherly in the Dayton Daily News.

“It was a very cordial meeting,” said Dean Vickers, HSUS’ Ohio state director.

HSUS wants egg-laying hens to have more than 67 square inches of cage space, the industry norm. It wants pregnant pigs to be able to turn in their pens.

To achieve those goals, it wants to either work with farm groups to craft legislation that would phase out intensive confinement of livestock and poultry, or let voters decide, perhaps in 2010.

Ohio’s animal agriculture groups said they’re still deciding how to respond. But they haven’t warmed to HSUS, billed as the world’s largest animal welfare group with a $130 million annual budget.

“Their ultimate goal is to take meat off our plate,” said Joe Cornely, spokesman for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest farm organization with 235,000 members, 60,000 of whom farm. “It’s our contention that people who produce food know a lot more about it than Washington/Hollywood activists.”

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