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Tell Congress to Pass the Farm Bill ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Environment  (tags: environment, habitat, nature, Farm Bill )

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America's family farmers and ranchers -- whether selling fresh tomatoes at the city farmers markets or enlivening rural economies with jobs -- are the bedrock of many communities that members of Congress call home.

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Suju Bala (26)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:11 am
noted and signed.. thank you Cher

Daniel Partlow (179)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:14 am

Teresa W (782)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:21 am
noted and signed, thank you

Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:26 am
Thank you!

Christeen A (371)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:40 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:47 am
I added my signature. Thanks Cher.

Lisa Neste (207)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:55 am
for signing:
Tell Congress to Pass the Farm Bill

Kit B (276)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 7:00 am

Kit, you took action on September 4, 2013 - signed and shared, thanks Cher

. (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 7:03 am
Signed and Noted.

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 7:20 am
#3003 and shared, ty Cher

Joe R (190)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 7:31 am
Thanks Cher. Signed and noted.

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 7:59 am

Karen Gee (97)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:00 am
Signed & Noted TY CHER

Monica T (278)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:12 am
for signing:
Tell Congress to Pass the Farm Bill

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 9:02 am

Patricia A (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 9:15 am
Please read the Farm Bill, it is NOT beneficial for small farmers, workers, food safety/commerce, hunger programs or animals. It is a disaster, please look into it and urge congress NOT to pass the latest version of the bill that has the KING AMENDMENT.

See Care2 article

The House Agricultural Committee moved forward with the Farm Bill with an amendment that could have far-reaching effects in the realm of animal protection.

One good thing that came out of it was the inclusion of the anti-animal fighting amendment that would make it a crime to attend, or bring a minor, to an animal fight, which will help crack down on those who fuel this barbaric underground industry and perpetuate other illegal activity.

However, a midnight amendment, innocently titled the Protect Interstate Commerce Act, was tacked on by Rep Steve King (R-Iowa) that would undermine states’ abilities to pass their own laws regarding anything that is considered an “agricultural product,” including animals, which could affect current regulations on issues ranging from intensive confinement of farm animals to horse slaughter, shark finning and puppy mills.

The same Steve King that openly defended dog fighting? Yeah, that guy. Surprise!

Supporters believe Congress should have the right to regulate interstate commerce and that one state shouldn’t have the right to dictate agricultural production practices within another state. Overturning California’s ban on foie gras and smacking down the long fight for Prop 2, which is on track to ban battery cages for egg laying hens, are prime examples of what the King Amendment would do.

Even if your state wants to improve standards for animals by banning horse slaughter, regulating puppy mills, giving chickens enough space to stretch their wings – and we’re talking inches here, not acres – or make any changes for the betterment of animals, it won’t be allowed to do anything about what comes in from other states that have minimal, if any, standards or regulations.

The prices of local producers will be undercut and some may see cheaper production opportunities in states that have fewer standards or opportunities for ballot initiatives. California dealt with the issue of losing producers with Prop 2, or leaving them to compete with producers in other states who offer cheaper eggs, by banning the the sale of any eggs that are produced in battery cages, regardless of where they came from. Big Ag wants none of this, and it certainly doesn’t want the public to have any say in how things get done.

The amendment could also overturn bans on gestation crates, horse slaughter and other voter-approved ballot measures that have been enacted to help protect animals.

The problems don’t end with animal protection either, they extend to worker safety, environmental protection and food safety. If the King Amendment is passed, it will also affect state GMO labeling and food safety laws, which have just passed in a number of states.

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 9:21 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 9:37 am
SIgned and noted.

Mandi T (367)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 9:44 am
9:44 am September 4
Mandi T

Ljiljana M (115)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:14 am
Signed & Noted & Thank you Cher.
> we've got #3,384 signatures, help us get to 10,000

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:35 am

Mike M (40)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:00 am

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:02 am
signed and noted thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:09 am

Jerry B (128)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:18 am
Noted and Signed..thanks Cher!

Jo S (619)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:29 am
Noted, signed & shared.
Thanks Cher.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:30 am
NS&S. THANK YOU for signing: Tell Congress to Pass the Farm Bill

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 12:11 pm
Does the farm bill still have the King Amendment attached to it?

S S (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 12:20 pm
Thank you.

Israel Valdez (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 12:20 pm

Barbara K (60)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 12:21 pm
N & S, thanks, my friend.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 12:23 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Cher

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 12:42 pm
It is full of pork! Ted Turner gets a farm subsidy, for God's sake!!!

Sheila D (28)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 1:11 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Cher. We need to keep legitimate farmers on the bill, but take those who are no longer farming or who have never farmed off. I have heard far too many stories about people who have bought land, have never farmed and don't intend to farm, getting subsidies because it was "grandfathered" in. Obviously, there is no moral compass anymore for these people to make things right. It's easier just to take the money.

. (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 1:18 pm
signed #4231

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 1:25 pm
Thank you! (s 9/3, n, p, t again)

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 1:40 pm
Signed , thanks !

Kerstin S (371)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:03 pm
signed, thank you Cher

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:05 pm
Mariette, you took action on September 4, 2013. Thanks Cher!

andrew miller (28)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:26 pm
signed and noted

Karen B (12)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:28 pm
Signed and shared this with friends!

Aileen P (40)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 3:02 pm
Noted and signed.

Animae C (514)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 3:03 pm
you took action on September 3, 2013

Vicky P (476)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 3:22 pm
noted, signed

Kevin Lewis (1)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 4:10 pm
Signed And Noted. This should have already be done.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 4:14 pm
Isn't this the same farm bill that leaves out SNAP, too? Sorry, can't sign this one.

Patricia A (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 4:47 pm
Dear Cher,

Thank you for your post. However, given your past posting that have been in favor of small farmers, right to know, food commerce/safety and animal welfare, I am confused as to why you would promote a Farm Bill that supports none of the above mentioned issues. In fact, this Farm Bill;

- strips away at the majority of food stamp and hunger programs for children and the needy
-drastically weakens worker safety and labor protections
-removes individual state commerce rights to laws of food production and sales (which is unconstitutional)
-outlaws Right To Know labeling in any initiatives
-prohibits freedom of speech regarding certain food production
-strips the most important farm animal welfare laws off the books (such as CA ban on batrtery cages would be made null and void etc.)
-gives further support to Ag-Gag laws
-Gives HUGE windfall in subsidies to Big Ag and Chem (on taxpayers dime)

It is, in truth, one of the WORST Farm Bills that have come to the table since I can remember. I am curious why you are displaying a change of direction in your support on these issues? It is hard to convey emotions, I truly am not trying to be antagonistic, but I am curious because of the dramatic divergence from past petitions you have championed. Thanks for whatever response you care to give.

Jeremy S (3)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:25 pm
Normally I'd say it's better to have *some* sort of Farm bill than none at all, but I'm rethinking that now. There are elements of this that are good for farmers, it seems, but more that are good for Big Agriculture / Big Business...

Erin R (181)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 7:09 pm
n & s

Mary T (358)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 7:37 pm
Noted & signed earlier - thank you Cher

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:05 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Cher~

JOSE Honr (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:31 pm

Robert O (12)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 9:01 pm
you took action on September 3, 2013

Nancy Crouse (5)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:16 pm
We must protect our family farms.

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:45 pm
Noted and already signed.

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:01 pm
When I found out farmers don't pay taxes, it's hard for me to sign petitions for them. I will support a family farm over a factory farm, but EVERYONE needs to carry the same tax responsibility.

roxy H (350)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:28 pm
I will NOT SIGN THIS PETITION! It has the KING AMENDMENT in it!! And wipes out all the animal rights we have tried to save, and then not to mention all the snap food stamps for the hungry and giving away money to RICH FARMERS... this petition is terrible

Roseann d (178)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:36 pm
Agreed Roxy! We can't assume all petitions are good just bc they are posted on Care 2. There's a lot of trickery and double-crossing out there. Please read bills and petitions before signing and know something about the bill or petition author. This petition is achieves the opposite of what we want.

Roseann d (178)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:39 pm
KILL THIS PETITION. It's not what it seems.

Dagmar P (10)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 2:47 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 3:58 am

Lona G (79)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 6:55 am

Winnie A (179)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 12:32 pm

Ann B (60)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 4:14 pm
noted and signed

Thursday September 5, 2013, 7:28 pm

Sara P (54)
Friday September 6, 2013, 7:20 am
Signed, thanks Cher.

Chris W (79)
Friday September 6, 2013, 11:36 am
cant sign this bad bill, noted for you beautiful cat

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 4:09 am
Signed,TY Cher.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 3:40 pm

Razzbarry F (26)
Monday September 9, 2013, 4:16 pm
pass, sorry lovely Cher, this is one I can not do

alicia m (97)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 11:35 pm
noted, signed, gracias
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