Remove amendment 71

The Farm Bill, which narrowly passed recently in the House, with approval from 3rd District Rep. Adrian Smith, included a dubious Amendment 71 introduced by Rep. Steve King of Iowa. 

The amendment attempts to nullify current state laws relating to agriculture.

A partnership of 50 diverse groups representing environmental, health, animal welfare, child labor and food safety policies all oppose “71.” They sent a letter to the Senate expressing their opposition, calling it “a radical assault on duly-enacted state and local laws.”   

A wide range of laws, such as restricting farm animal confinement and regulating puppy mills, could be eliminated as well as  laws that oversee consumer protection, child labor, pesticide use, chemical listings on products, state pollution standards, wastewater discharge and more.

The groups opposing “71” consist of a broad alliance, including, but not limited to: the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Government Accountability Pro-ject, Waterkeeper Alliance, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Center for Food Safety, Clean Air Task Force, Food and Water Watch, Friends of Family Farmers and Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

King has a notorious record of opposing even the most basic animal protection laws like banning dog fighting, outlawing children at dog fighting events, prohibiting the use of primates for pets, and disaster relief funds for pets during Hurricane Katrina and other natural disaster events.

Rescinding state laws that protect people, animals and the environment is extreme and “71” should be removed from the final version of the Farm Bill.

Linda Peet Dugan

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