Target: Iowa Representative Steve King
Goal: Prevent the removal of recently established protections for animals
Iowa Representative Steve King recently slipped an amendment into a proposed bill that would dramatically alter state laws protecting animals. If approved, the change would allow puppy mills, reduce animal welfare standards for commercial agriculture, and allow for the proliferation of dog and cock fighting. This bill must be stopped before animals are subjected to such terrible circumstances.
The intention of King’s amendment is to prohibit states from establishing animal welfare standards. His reasoning is that such standards are “onerous” and are only intended to drive up costs. Fortunately, the nation is pushing back, along with the police force. Chuck Canterbury, the Fraternal Order of Police’s national president, even wrote a letter to King saying that if the bill becomes law it would increase criminal enterprises by allowing “for the proliferation of puppy mills, dog and cock fighting, kill shelters and other animal cruelties,” making it nearly impossible for the police force to effectively investigate crimes. State lawmakers have also called the measure a federal intrusion on state’s rights.
Taking away state government’s power to establish animal welfare standards would be one of the most damaging measures for animal rights in history, making investigations and convictions for animal cruelty even more difficult and eliminating any improvements in animal welfare that have taken place over the years. This measure must be stopped. Please sign the petition below to demand that King’s amendment is not approved as part of the farm bill.
Dear Representative King,
You recently added an amendment to the farm bill that would take away state laws protecting animals. Your claim is that the only reason states like California have such high standards for farm animals is to drive up costs and that removing animal welfare standards would make food more affordable. Not only is this false, the welfare of animals is more important than the few dollars consumers might save each year. This is why these states, which you describe as “onerous,” keep passing laws that improve animal welfare, because the consumers and the lawmakers believe it is more important.
Taking away the current animal welfare standards would increase crime, animal cruelty, and criminal activity across state lines, as a result, increasing costs for the police force, courts, the prison system, the health department, and animal shelters. In short, it makes absolutely no sense that this would somehow improve anything or reduce the cost of living for anyone. I demand that you remove this amendment from the farm bill immediately before it can cause any harm to the nation’s animals or citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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