Amendment to US House Farm Bill supports cruelty

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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.”

Is it me, or does this not make any sense at all. So he’s saying it’s okay for California to regulate the eggs coming into the state, but then again it’s NOT okay to do that. It seems to me California is not telling factory farms in other states how to “produce” their products. It is only saying we won’t allow eggs to be sold within the state from hens in smaller cages. This is exactly what King says is “fine” in the first statement.
If anyone else is reading more into this than I am, please comment below.
The Humane Society of the US fears the Farm Bill amendment could also toss out California’s ban on foie gras. Wouldn’t King typically support states rights?? I guess he is only against states rights in cases where it might protect animals from cruelty.

4 Responses to “Amendment to US House Farm Bill supports cruelty”

  1. Carol Ann RogersNo Gravatar says:

    Please make sure that all farm animals are treated humanely, with enough room to move around freely. Also where possible, let the free roam, which is the healthiest way to raise animals.
    On the subject of foie gras, this is a HORRIBLE and PAINFUL way for geese to be treated…no one needs this product! I am apalled at how humans treat animals! What happened to humans being humane, treating live beings with respect and care? Ok, so they are used to feed us, can’t we let them live fairly until they are (hopefully) killed to be on the table??
    Stop this ammendmment now! STATES RIGHTS!

  2. jtgradyNo Gravatar says:

    Carol Ann,

    Thank you for adding your thoughts. I fully agree – farm animals should be able to roam free and foie gras is horrible and painful.

    What some people will do for profit is unbelievable.

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