In 2016, the fight to end factory farming scored a major victory in Massachusetts with the passage of a critical ballot measure to ban the sale of products from animals confined in cruel cages and crates that severely restrict movement. The industry fought us hard every step of the way, but in the end, the animals prevailed.
But in the stroke of a pen, all that progress could be erased.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has revived disastrous legislation designed to gut anti-cruelty and anti-factory farming laws nationwide. His bills would completely override state and local-level laws like the Massachusetts measure, allowing the state to sell the very factory farm-produced products that its constituents voted to ban. California’s ban on foie gras—which is made by cruelly force-feeding ducks and geese until their livers become enlarged—would be invalidated. Other state and community efforts to do the right thing for animals will be stopped dead in their tracks before they even get started.
The progress that supporters like you worked so hard to achieve will be gone in the blink of an eye.
Stop the King Amendment from defying the will of the people by striking down critical protections for animals and consumers. The animals need you to raise your voice one more time, and tell your legislators that they must oppose HR 4879/HR 3599.
Here’s how you can help:
- Use the form on the right to send to your representative today and let them know where you stand.
- After you’ve sent your message, be sure to follow up by calling your elected officials. Feel free to say something like: “As your constituent, I’m calling to urge you to oppose Representative Steve King’s “Protect Interstate Commerce Act,” or HR 4879/HR 3599. Congress should not defy the will of the people and override state and local laws that protect animals and consumers. This legislation represents a threat to animal welfare and consumer safety, and it undermines states’ abilities to pass measures that reflect the opinions of their citizens. Please take a stand against HR 4879/HR 3599 and urge your colleagues to do the same. Thank you.”
- Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter and rally your friends and family to join you in taking action for animals.
Let’s ensure that all the ground we’ve gained in the fight against factory farming is not lost. Please take action today.