Dear Animal Advocates,
The U.S. Senate and House have each passed their own versions of the Farm Bill, and soon a joint committee of senators and reps will meet to iron out the differences and present one final bill.
One major difference between the Senate and House Farm Bills is that the House’s version contains a radical anti-animal provision known as the King Amendment. We need your help to make sure this provision is not part of the final bill.
Authored by Rep. Steve King of Iowa, the King Amendment is an unprecedented assault on states’ sovereign rights to pass laws that protect animals on farms, in puppy mills and elsewhere. Even more alarming, the King Amendment could strike down many existing state animal cruelty laws, leaving some animals with no legal protections.
What You Can Do
Please don’t delay—visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to quickly contact your members of Congress in Washington, D.C., and ask them to urge their colleagues working on the final Farm Bill to strike the King Amendment.
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This is Your Chance to Defeat the King Amendment to the Farm Bill!
The revamped Farm Bill, including the highly controversial King Amendment, was recently approved by the House. House-Senate negotiators are now working to resolve the differences between their bills.
The King Amendment, proposed by Representative Steve King of Iowa, claims to protect interstate commerce, but in reality it is designed to undermine animal welfare laws enacted by individual states.
Please take a moment to call the four leaders of the House-Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee to ask them to remove the King Amendment from the final Farm Bill.
- Sen. Thad Cochran: 202-224-5054
- Rep. Frank Lucas: 202-225-5565
- Rep. Collin Peterson: 202-225-2165
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow: 202-224-4822
According to the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, states should be able to ban the sale of agricultural products if they are not produced in a manner approved by that state. Please help us defeat the dangerous and unconstitutional King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill.