December 2, 2013
The King Amendment
A potential disaster for laws protecting animals
The House version of this year's Farm Bill contains a provision from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) that could negate most state and local laws on the production or manufacture of agricultural products. The King Amendment is a radical federal overreach that aims to block state laws protecting animals. It could also overturn many state laws covering child labor, dangerous pesticides, labels on farm-raised fish, and more. Please act now.
What is the King Amendment?
The King amendment proposes to undermine state laws related to public health, safety, or welfare. Read our King Amendment fact sheet [PDF] for details.
The King Amendment endangers state animal welfare laws
The King amendment could undo animal welfare laws in many states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, the Northern Mariana Island, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Rhode Island. Our fact sheet [PDF] provides specifics on the laws that could change.
The King Amendment could ax state laws on health and safety
Beside animal welfare laws, the King amendment could nullify a wide range of state and local measures regarding food safety, labeling, environmental requirements, labor standards, and other important issues. For more examples, check our fact sheet [PDF].
Legislators and groups oppose the King Amendment
Among many others, opposition to the King Amendment includes:
Nearly 90 nonprofits and citizens' groups [PDF]
National Conference of State Legislatures [PDF]
County Executives of America [PDF]
National Fraternal Order of Police [PDF]
National Sheriffs' Association
Members of the U.S. Senate [PDF]
House Republicans [PDF]
House Democrats [PDF]
Leading media outlets condemn the King Amendment
USA Today editorial: Chicken cage compromise is not radical
Washington Post editorial: An amendment that hurts chickens—and Americans
Washington Post commentary: Steve King's inhumane farm bill measure
Washington Times article: The King amendment to the Farm Bill threatens state’s rights
New York Times op-ed: Can we see our hypocrisy to animals?
Time magazine article: King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates
Baltimore Sun commentary: Don't let Congress trample Maryland's rights
Los Angeles Times article: Lawmakers assail legislation that would limit California's egg law
Des Moines Register op-ed: King's latest move a blow to ag rights
Television and video
Many go on the record against the King Amendment
See the full list of those who have publicly stated opposition to the King Amendment [PDF].