Voters and state legislatures have reduced the suffering of millions of animals raised for food in this country in the last few years. Now Congress is on its way to erasing all those advances.
The version of the farm bill that the House of Representatives just passed includes an amendment that would undermine state laws banning cruel factory farming practices. For instance, California bans gestation crates for sows, and bans the sale of pork products derived from pigs locked up in gestation crates. The House of Representatives has said that other states are free to sell pork products that do derive from gestation crated-sows into California, which, if adopted by the Senate and signed by the president, would make the Golden State’s law practically meaningless.
The state-level victories that the House is trying to undo include:
The threat to these laws is in the King Amendment, sponsored by Rep. Steve King of Iowa. This is his second try at eviscerating the laws states have chosen to pass: Care2′s Alicia Graef described his first attempt here. Republicans shoved it into the first Farm Bill, which the House of Representatives voted down.
The second time the farm bill came up in the House, now without the SNAP (food stamps) program that feeds millions of hungry Americans, Republicans rammed the King Amendment in again. Then the House passed the bill. It is now in conference, where Senators and Representatives try to reconcile, i.e. reach a compromise between, the version of the farm bill the Senate passed (which does not have a King Amendment) and the version the House passed (which does). It is now up to the Senators on the reconciliation committee to block the amendment.
Please let your senator know that you oppose the King Amendment by signing our petition.
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