Name: Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018/Farm Bill
Bill Number: HR 2 / SB 3042
Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm
Bill): House of Representatives Bill 2, and the text of Senate Bill 3042. There
are numerous and substantive differences between the two versions, most of
which have nothing to do with animal welfare issues.
The House version contains what is known as the
“King amendment,” a provision that is extremely detrimental to state animal
welfare efforts. The provision would allow producers in states without any
humane welfare standards (such as a ban on battery cages or gestation crates)
to market their products in states that have enacted such reforms. This would
put the farmers in “humane” states at a strong economic disadvantage, as
humanely raised products are more expensive to produce.
The Senate, in considering the Farm Bill, substituted its own language for the
House version, striking the King amendment language. This revised bill is now
being considered by a conference committee made up of members of both chambers.
In addition to the King Amendment, the House
and Senate are considering other provisions that would have a positive impact
on animal welfare:
Please ask Congress
to consider supporting these issues to promote animal welfare—and to reject the
King Amendment as they finalize the Farm Bill later this month.
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Please Include Animal Welfare Measures and Ditch the King Amendment in the Final Farm Bill
Dear [Decision Maker],
A conference committee will soon be resuming its work negotiating a final version of HR 2, the Farm Bill, to send to both the House and Senate for your approval. As this process continues, please share my concern with your colleagues, both on and off the conference committee, regarding the importance of adopting a final bill that represent the interests of your constituents--individuals who care about animals. Specifically, there are three measures I support: expanding the prohibition on animal fighting to U.S. territories, better protecting abused women who are concerned about the welfare of their pets, and a ban on eating dog and cat meat.In addition, I strongly urge members of Congress to omit the language of the King amendment from the final bill. This amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill attacks state autonomy by giving other states, as well as corporations and even individuals, a federal private right of action to challenge state and local government laws that affect any aspect of agriculture, including state mandates for specific humane farming reforms. This provision would also undermine every state's right to determine what standards they want to enact in their communities regarding the welfare of animals used for agriculture and many other matters. These state-determined standards will be invalidated if the King Amendment is adopted.Please do your best to protect state sovereignty and promote the welfare of animals in this important legislation. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]