Letters to the Editor

August 1, 2013

Letter to the editor | Quick bill change a threat

At midnight on July 11, at the end of a 13-hour markup session by the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Steve King, of Iowa, slipped in a last-minute amendment to the Farm Bill that could be the greatest threat to animal protection legislation in history. The amendment would wipe out long-standing and important state laws created to protect animals — from horses to puppies to pigs to chickens to sharks. Even more miserable is the fact that King’s language is so imprecise that experts believe worker safety, food safety and environmental protection state regulations could also be erased.

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