If you live in the United States, you need to know that the House of Representatives is currently working on the Farm Bill,H.R. 1947 .
What’s the Farm Bill? It’s legislation that covers most aspects of agriculture in the US, including animal agriculture. It also covers the SNAP program (formerly known as food stamps). Included in this bill is also subsidies to farmers, and they get plenty of them.
Of concern to those of us who love animals is an amendment put forth by Steve King of Iowa, known as the King Amendment. This amendment, supported by the GOP leadership, would override any state laws that address how animals used as food are cared for. It’s no secret that Rep. King opposes all animal welfare regulation, and his amendment would ensure that agribusiness could continue to house chickens in cages so small they can’t even spread their wings and pigs in cages so small they can’t even turn around.
There are other things that the GOP is doing in this bill that concerns us. Some states have laws requiring labels on GMO food. King’s amendment would make those laws ineffective. The law also cuts food stamp benefits to recipients while at the same time increasing the amount of pork going to big agribusiness. Will that farm pork make our fresh fruits and vegetables any less expensive? No. It simply means higher profits for the businesses of agriculture. Which in turn means those who are struggling now to feed their families healthy foods will struggle even more.
I encourage you to learn more about this sweeping bill that will impact the very food you eat for the next five years, and then call your representative and OPPOSE THE FARM BILL. You can click here to find out who is your representative.
Oh, wait. Let me guess. You only care about the plight of dogs and cats, and can’t be bothered with food animals. They aren’t the same. Besides, all farmers are happy grandpas like the books you read as kids. Ya think? Those bearded Santas do some pretty lousy things to animals. Besides, puppy mills are considered agribusiness and are covered under the King Amendment. Remember that the tortured souls of those cows, pigs and chickens are the food you’re putting into the bodies of your children, your pets, and yourself. If you are what you eat, then you are made up of hundreds of animals whose existence was filled with cruelty. No wonder humans are so messed up.
Take a stand for animals. Ask your representative TODAY to vote against the Farm Bill.
UPDATE: I just learned the bill was voted down 195/234. There is a chance the bill will be brought back up by leadership, so don’t let your guard down just yet. But for now, the King Amendment is defeated!