USA: Don't Let the Farm Bill Roll Back Animal Welfare Protections!
Update—May 18, 2018: In a shocking move, the U.S. House failed to pass the Farm Bill. We need to keep up the momentum before the bill comes back up for consideration. Contact your U.S. representative and senators and urge them to oppose the dangerous King Provision. Please see action steps below.
Dangerous language inserted into the Farm Bill threatens animal-protection laws across the country and puts many hard-fought legislative victories for animals in jeopardy. The King Provision, or the so-called “Protect Interstate Commerce Act,” seeks to strip states and localities of the ability to pass and enforce laws regarding the production of any “agricultural products”—a term so broad that it includes not only farm animals like cows and pigs, but also potentially dogs in puppy mills.
If enacted, thousands of critical animal welfare laws could be nullified. Laws against cruel gestation crates, battery cages, and even bans on horse slaughter and eating dogs and cats could be in jeopardy.
This language in the Farm Bill is an unprecedented assault on the historic power of states to enact laws that reflect the values of their residents, including the protection of animals.
What You Can Do
Your members of Congress need to hear from you right now. Use the form below to send a follow-up email to your U.S. representative and senators with a message of opposition.
Thank you, America.