Nix Proposal that Leaves Domesticated Animals Vulnerable to Cruelty and Abuse

Target: Mike Conaway, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee

Goal: Oppose bill that would limit abuse protections for domesticated animals.

Yet again, a staunch political opponent of animal welfare is attempting to slip a damaging law through Congress. Although hidden by an innocent-sounding name, if enacted, this measure could adversely impact farm animals, and even some common household pets, across the country.

This week, the House Agriculture Committee will likely make a decision on its 2018 Farm Bill. Much attention has been given to the measure’s proposed controversial restructuring of a program that helps feed low-income Americans. Less is known about a proposed amendment that threatens animal rights. After failed attempts in the past, Congressman Steve King is making another go of pushing his Protect Interstate Commerce Act through via this bill. The aptly dubbed King Amendment would ban states from creating any laws that address so-called “agricultural products.” As such, any animals raised on a farm will very likely lose protection from laws that secure their welfare. The wording is so vague that advocates such as the ASPCA even fear that laws targeting puppy mills may be abolished.

Once again, deregulation is threatening the welfare of living beings. Sign this petition and demand the House Agriculture Committee veto this dangerous piece of legislation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chairman Conaway,

Countless laws and initiatives passed by the people whom you are elected to serve could be eradicated with a stroke of the pen. In the process, living beings from every state in this nation will suffer.

These words are not hyperbole or overstatement but simple facts that could come to fruition if you approve a highly contentious version of the 2018 Farm Bill. While the potential threat to low-income American has been well documented, we are equally concerned by the proposed inclusion of the Protect Interstate Commerce Act—aka the King Amendment—in this measure. This seemingly innocuous addition would hobble the rights of states to pass laws that protect the welfare of living beings. Farms could use the most barbaric methods without fear of punishment. Unscrupulous retailers could abuse and mistreat their living “products” without restraint.

In the month devoted to the prevention of cruelty to animals, do you want to sentence thousands of animals to the cruelest fates? Say no to the King Amendment today.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Keith Weller

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5 Comments

  1. Anything with congressman King’s name on it is anti-animal and cruel.

  2. Veronica Figueiredo says:

    Let’s PROTECT our DOMESTICATED and FARM ANIMALS from UNECESSARY and UNHUMANE CRUELTY‼️🙏🏻

  3. Barton Dixon says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi

  4. Sugandha N. says:

    The king needs to step down. Nobody wants animal cruelty.

  5. John PASQUA says:

    NO ON THE KING AMENDMENT TODAY. BAD FOR THE GREAT ANIMALS.

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