The Humane Society of the United States wants to ensure the final farm bill does not include the provision that would prohibit states from regulating the sale of farm products from other states due to objections about how they were produced. The provision was sponsored by Iowa Representative Steve King – and HSUS is launching a major campaign to urge conferees to remove it from the final piece of legislation. HSUS President Wayne Pacelle said the King amendment isn’t limited to animal welfare and has caused alarm with many state officials and others because of its potential implications. According to Pacelle – the amendment threatens 150 state laws. He said states have a role to play in agriculture – not just as promoters – but as regulators.
It’s been stated King’s amendment is aimed at standards on eggs sold in California following a state initiative that sets cage sizes for egg-laying chickens. Pacelle noted HSUS is actually disappointed the farm bill doesn’t include a measure to establish a national standard for the living conditions of egg-laying hens and other animal welfare measures.
Source: NAFB News Service