Tell Congress to REMOVE the King Amendment from the Farm Bill - VICTORY UPDATE
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LCA Last Chance for Animals
September 2018

VICTORY UPDATE: December 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Dangerous King Amendment Omitted from 2018 Farm Bill!

On Tuesday, 12/11/18, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the 2018 Farm Bill with a vote of 87 to 13—excluding the highly controversial Protect Interstate Commerce Act, or King Amendment.

The King Amendment, which was introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), would have threatened vital animal protection laws across the United States, impacting state bans on such things as eggs derived from battery-caged hens, the sale of foie gras, and the extreme confinement of farm animals.

The 2018 Farm Bill also includes another major win for the animals with its inclusion of three pro-animal measures:

  • The Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act - outlaws the slaughter and the import/export of dogs and cats in the U.S. for consumption.
  • The Parity in Animal Cruelty Enforcement (PACE) Act - clarifies the prohibition against cockfighting and dogfighting in U.S. territories.
  • The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act - extends current domestic violence protections to pets and authorizes grant money to help domestic violence shelters accommodate pets.

The 2018 Farm Bill will now go to the House for a final vote before being sent to the desk of the President to be signed into law.


Take Action Before September 30th!

If passed by the conference committee, the Protect Interstate Commerce Act 4789 (also known as the King Amendment) will roll back animal protection laws already in place for such issues as dog, cat, and horse meat, puppy mills, and eggs derived from battery-caged hens.

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The "King Amendment" (H.R. 4879) prohibits state and local governments from imposing regulations on the manufacture or production of agricultural products sold through interstate commerce if the regulation is harsher than federal laws or another state's standards. Rep. Steve King's amendment effectively strips away a state government's authority to safeguard animal welfare laws and protect its consumers from products that are harmful and inhumanely produced.

Rep. Steve King, who hails from the country's largest egg-producing state, and his disastrous amendment could drastically impact California's ban on eggs from battery-caged hens and laws that prohibit the consumption of dog meat, just to name a few.

The Congressional Conference Committee is currently in the process of completing the final draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, which is expected to be finalized by September 30. Let Congress know you support animal protection laws and do not agree with Rep. Steve King's harmful provision!

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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