The Northwest Animal Rights Network recently filed suit in KingCounty (Washington) Superior Court in an attempt to expand animal-cruelty criminal laws to include the treatment of farm animals. Currently, animal agriculture producers are exempt from animal-cruelty laws as long as they follow “customary animal husbandry practices.”

The Seattle-based group says that gives the animal agriculture industry undue control over how animals are housed and slaughtered. So, the animal-rights group wants to limit the manner in which meat and dairy producers treat their livestock.

A spokesperson for the group says the efforts are aimed at pushing the public to expand the compassion most people show for pets to include all animals.

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