Amendment to US House Farm Bill supports cruelty
There are two rather twisting aspects to an article published Friday on the Sacramento Bee website.
The topic centers on a US House Farm Bill amendment that would prevent states from blocking the sale of agriculture products from other states, as one state might object to the way that other states produce that product.
It all has to do with California’s standards on battery cages. In 2015, all eggs sold in the state can only come from facilities where the hens are housed in cages large enough to allow them to stand and spread their wings.
Rep. Steve King of Iowa doesn’t like that. He apparently believes cruelty is acceptable and that no state should be able to institute even this minimal improvement for the lives of farm animals.
But here is where the second twisted aspect comes into the article. King is quoted as saying – “If California wants to regulate eggs that come into the state, fine.” But then he states – “But don’t be telling the states that are producing a product that’s already approved by the USDA or the FDA how to produce that product.”