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Help Defeat the Farm Bill’s King Amendment!

May 31st, 2013 by Christy Griffin

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U.S. Residents – Please ask your Representatives to reject the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill. The King Amendment, proposed by Representative Steve King of Iowa, claims to protect interstate commerce, but in reality it is designed to undermine animal welfare laws enacted by individual states. King states on his website that he is specifically targeting the California law which will only allow eggs to be sold from hens housed in less restrictive cages, as specified by the state, by 2014. 

Ninety-five percent of egg-laying hens spend their entire short, miserable lives crammed into tiny cages with as many as ten hens per cage. Battery cages are stacked on top of one another and are packed into windowless sheds with thousands of hens per shed. Hens are so confined in battery cages that each bird has less than the size of a sheet of paper to herself. These hens never get to breathe fresh air, see the sunlight, nest, forage, or even turn around.

Hens should not be confined to battery cages, and according to the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, states should be able to ban the sale of agricultural products if they are not produced in a manner approved by that state. Please ask your Representatives to oppose the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill.

123 Responses to “Help Defeat the Farm Bill’s King Amendment!”

  1. June 12, 2013 at 6:05 am, vicki.ginoli said:

    U.S. Residents – Please ask your Senators and Representatives to reject the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill. The King Amendment, proposed by Representative Steve King of Iowa, claims to protect interstate commerce, but in reality it is designed to undermine animal welfare laws enacted by individual states. King states on his website that he is specifically targeting the California law which will only allow eggs to be sold from hens housed in less restrictive cages, as specified by the state, by 2014.

    Ninety-five percent of egg-laying hens spend their entire short, miserable lives crammed into tiny cages with as many as ten hens per cage. Battery cages are stacked on top of one another and are packed into windowless sheds with thousands of hens per shed. Hens are so confined in battery cages that each bird has less than the size of a sheet of paper to herself. These hens never get to breathe fresh air, see the sunlight, nest, forage, or even turn around.

    Hens should not be confined to battery cages, and according to the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, states should be able to ban the sale of agricultural products if they are not produced in a manner approved by that state. Please ask your Senators and Representatives to oppose the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill

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  2. June 08, 2013 at 1:43 pm, Bernice Embry said:

    If you are what you eat, one must consider the conditions in which your food is produced.

    I only by cage-free eggs and free-roaming snacks for my cats.

    Please respect the high standards of energy that must be allowed for the quality existence

    of our lives.

    Thank you.

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  3. June 03, 2013 at 5:48 pm, Dixie Lee said:

    This issue will only stop if we, as caring animal lovers, fight it and educate others about it. Please write/email your reps and senators!! Also donate to Farm Sanctuary and read the founders book Farm Sanctuary!!

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  4. May 31, 2013 at 12:15 pm, cynthia said:

    And after their laying days are over, they go to your local supermarket…without ever living a decent life before they become our food. Buy local or raise your own.

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  5. May 31, 2013 at 11:55 am, Amy said:

    My heart breaks for these animals and the cruelty suffered at our hands

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  6. May 31, 2013 at 11:41 am, Dixie Keith said:

    It would be good if you provided links to congress Reps. I am on the road and not able to search out my reps emails.The link you have above is not working for me, if that is what the last link is suppose to represent? Not sure.

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  7. May 31, 2013 at 11:25 am, wendy raub said:

    This Is terrivle these poor aninals have no were to go and theeir squeezed in tight cages with nowere to go.

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