OpEd: The King amendment and destruction of animal protections

UPDATE — THE FARM BILL HAS BEEN DEFEATED!

The House voted 195-234, with 62 Republicans joining 172 Democrats, to defeat the bill. The vote was regarded as a surprise, and represented an embarrassment to the House GOP leadership team. President Barack Obama had threatened to veto the House legislation had it somehow eventually reached his desk, reports NBC News.

Thank you everyone for your calls. Next. Get rid of the King Amendment!

Call Rep. John Yarmuth (202) 225-5401
Urge him to vote “NO” on the Farm Bill
H.R. 1947

WRITTEN BY JERRY FINCH
Habitat for Horses

Things go on inside the House of Representatives late at night that would make your skin crawl. Deals, pats on the back, money changing hands – these are the folks that are supposedly representing US, as in the people of the U.S. I guess that was a myth that died a long time ago. Now they represent themselves in trade for promised financial backing, for votes, for the betterment of their friends and neighbors and for those lobbyists that hang around the hallways with money and promises.

Such as it was last night for those darling members of the House Rules Committee. As a result, when the Farm Bill, five years in the making, goes to the floor for a vote, there will be NO debate on any animal welfare amendments. Remember that horse soring amendment? Finished. Done. The good old boys from Tennessee backslapped that into the trash. Pete Sessions, R-TX put an end to that. He heads the Rules Committee. But that’s not all . . .

Puppy mills, shark finning, even a proposal to stop horse slaughter, all wadded up and heaved into the trash, no doubt to the sound of a lot of laughter and cheering. Food safety amendments, child labor amendments? Gone. That’s because the Rules Committee will keep the King Amendment.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). ThinkProgress image.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has amended the Farm Bill to devastating effect. Call today and urge your Representative to vote NO to the Farm Bill.

“If the King Amendment survives, and is included in the 2013 Farm Bill, it will wipe out more than 150 state laws governing agriculture, food and food safety,” said Ronnie Cummins, National Director of the OCA. “The biotech industry knows that it’s only a matter of time before Washington State, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and other states pass GMO labeling laws. Rather than fight this battle in every state, Monsanto is trying to manipulate Congress to pass a Farm Bill that will wipe out citizens’ rights to state laws intended to protect their health and safety.”

You really should read about Steve King, R-IOWA, and his twisted destruction of every thing related to animal welfare. Do a Google search on “king amendment farm bill,” While you’re reading, think about the recent AG decision on tainted horsemeat in NM. Hummmm.

This isn’t about politics. There are some really great people in the House, Representatives that try hard to battle the stone wall. What we do doesn’t have anything to do with politics, it’s about animals, about humane treatment, about life. How letting a mother pig stand up and see her babies became a political issue is beyond me. What kind of world do we live in that turns a hens’ ability to spread her wings during her short life into a debate on the House floor? Is the right to a humane life and death really a platform for any political party?

At Habitat for Horses, our main concern is horses. Makes sense. But even if we stick our head in the sand, as has been suggested by some, and let the “Big Boys” deal with DC, we can’t help but stare at the makers of the laws and shake our heads in shame and disgust. “They know what they are doing.” Seriously? Would someone explain that to the 350 horses that passed the borders today on their way to the slaughterhouse? We would appreciate your help, because we simply don’t get it.

It just seems, to my small minded way of thinking, that no matter how much money we individually make, we’re all going to end up in the same place. Maybe those powerful politicians, those Corporate Executives, those Great Leaders of the BLM and their kin have a different guidebook that says when the ship of death finally leaves, those that have at least $5 million safely stashed away will all get an outside cabin.

All my guidebook says is, “Do no harm.”

As negative as it all sounds, we cannot and will not give up.
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Note: King is a leading defender of dog fighting and more. Read more at this article on Mitt Romney’s endorsement of King.

TAKE ACTION

Please make a brief, polite phone call to Rep. John Yarmuth (202) 225-5401 and urge a “NO” vote on the Farm Bill. We can’t allow the dangerous King amendment to wipe out years of hard-fought victories for animals.

This is so very, very important. Do this right now.

Do not put it off until later; it may be too late later for the animals. It may also be too late for anyone in the U.S. who eats.

Do not think, oh plenty of people will be calling. Plenty of people hopefully will. But this not about other people, this is about you taking a stand. If everyone who reads this post calls, there will be thousands speaking out against this horrific amendment.

If you have regular contact with your U.S. Representative, please contact them right now as well.

Ask them to vote NO to the Farm Bill (H.R. 1947) containing the King Amendment stripping your State animal protection laws away from you.

— If you know who your U.S. Representative is, find their phone number here.
http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Click on their name to visit their website and use their contact webform.

— If you do not know who your U.S. Representative is, you will first need to find your 9 digit zip code and write it down.
https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupAction!input.action

Once you have it, use it in the zip code search box here.
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

6 thoughts on “OpEd: The King amendment and destruction of animal protections”

  1. It vexes me greatly Steve King is making a name for himself all across the nation; I felt much more secure, in my own state and my own skin, when he was an anonymous little representative of his own little fiefdom.

    It’s also a bit frightening that the opinions of someone so anti-human and anti-animal can carry so much weight.

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    1. Steve King makes Bob Goodlatte look like a horse advocate. Do you remember him Lisa? What I don’t understand is that a Republican — their platform is strong State government and little interference from Washington — would try to get away with pulling such a thing off. Where are the other Republicans calling foul? Divisiveness is reported as a Republican v Democrat problem in Congress, but since the W days the Republican party itself has been rife with division. What they all need to do is give this country its best possible leadership, and work for their constituents, not all out for corporate America.

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      1. RIGHT! Unfortunately, they have sold their souls to the Big Money and you know that once the devil has your soul he doesn’t give it back.

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  2. Just called all my rep and called Rep Yarmouth… yeah this is just par for the course isn’t it… Amazes me how self serving some folks are, When I found out about this slaughter which was not that long ago and I have horses, I had NO idea this was happening, but anyway I have joined the fight and just shocked at what I have found out about some of our elected officials, very discouraging and dangerous really…. Since finding out about year and half ago I have been diligent every day trying to make a difference in Horse Slaughter and the Wild Horses…..

    We are all up against a really, really high pile a manure to try and stop these corrupt pocket lining politicians…. Unbelievable to me that horse slaughter is STILL an issue at all???

    We ALL just need to keep fighting but one would think that horse slaughter would be a NO BRAINER done deal STOPPED, but NOPE some crazy crazy people in this world….

    My fingers are crossed that this King amendment is stopped and USDA defunding language is still intact called about that too yesterday, how on earth can we stop horse slaughter here we are right now fighting to stop the King Amendment and to keep defunding horse inspections, have not even gotten to Bill 1094 if it will ever see the light of day that is???….. Very stressful isn’t it…. Thank you all I need to say for fighting for SO very long to help our horses, I think I would be on medication if I had tried to fight as long as you all have, so emotional situation……

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    1. Thank you for your calls and all your hard work Debbie. The good news is that the Farm Bill was defeated this afternoon. Seems the biggest reason is the food stamp cuts, but we’ll take it!

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