Iowa Representative Steve King was successful in attaching his “Protect Interstate Commerce Act” to the House Ag Committee’s farm bill. And King says he will fight to keep that language in the bill once it hits the House floor, and eventually, a House-Senate conference committee.
The amendment would bar states from imposing their own animal welfare standards on eggs, meat and other ag products brought in from other states.
“This will put an end to, I think, the Humane Society of the United States—whom I refer to as the ‘vegan lobby’—trying to tell us how to take care of our livestock,” King says. “We put an end to it and then HSUS can find another way to turn us all into vegans. In the end, they really want to take meat off our plate.”
King’s amendment is aimed at preventing farmers in other states from having to comply with measures such as California’s Prop 2 initiative that requires farms to provide more space to hens, hogs and other livestock.