Fw: Urgent Request to Protect Animal Welfare Laws
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 3:42 PM
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From: Jaya Bhumitra <[address removed]>
Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 3:27 PM
Subject: Urgent Request to Protect Animal Welfare Laws
I don’t usually send out mass requests like this, but this is very important.
In a disappointing move, the U.S. House of Representatives’ leadership refused to allow consideration of any animal welfare-related amendments to the Farm Bill on the House floor, but left in the dangerous, overreaching "King amendment,” introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), which aims to wipe out animal protection laws nationwide: Arizona's law banning gestation crates, Michigan's law banning veal crates, and most disturbingly, California's Prop 2 law banning battery cages. I personally campaigned for Prop 2 when it was on the ballot in 2008, and it passed with more votes than any other ballot initiative in the state’s history—animal welfare is clearly something the people want. Unfortunately, all of these laws are in jeopardy.
And it doesn't stop there—the language in the King amendment is so broad that it could repeal every state law on farmed animal confinement, horse slaughter and soring, shark finning, and puppy mills, in addition to protective regulations on food safety, the environment, and even child labor. If the Farm Bill passes, these could all could be nullified.
Please call your U.S. Representative TODAY (they are likely voting tomorrow) and urge him or her to vote NO on the Farm Bill: Find their phone number here
Thanks for your compassion!