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The King Amendment, which would prohibit individual states from regulating animal agriculture, is back. This proposed amendment to the Farm Bill could not only prohibit new state statutes from regulating animal agriculture; it could also invalidate existing statutes. Statutes banning gestation stalls, battery cages, veal crates, foie gras and other cruel practices could be wiped out. Although the Farm Bill died in June, Congress is again considering the Farm Bill and the King Amendment.
It's not just animal protection laws that are in jeopardy. Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine points out:
The King amendment also puts corporate profits over public health by revoking state laws that prohibit the sale of many harmful products, including dangerous pesticides, chemicals, and disease-causing agents. The amendment could also erase countless state-level environmental laws such as those regulating pollution and the use of toxic animal wastes as fertilizer. Even tobacco, child labor, and worker safety laws could be undone by this overreaching, radical amendment.
What you can do: Contact your Representative and your two senators and ask them to oppose the King Amendment, ASAP. Be brief and polite. You can look up your U.S. Representative on the House of Representatives website, and your senators can be found on the official Senate website. A personal communication is always best, but if you're short on time, you can use this webform from PCRM.