A coalition of more than 80 organizations, led by the Humane Society of the United States, is fighting to keep the so-called “King amendment” out of a final farm bill.
The amendment, which was introduced by Iowa Congressman Steve King, is part of the House farm bill.
The provision would prohibit states from regulating the sale of farm products from other states due to objections about how they were produced. It 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.
The coalition has sent a letter to members of Congress asking them to block the provision. They warn it could nullify not only measures relating to animal welfare—like farm animal confinement and horse slaughter—but a wide range of other concerns including food safety, child labor and the environment.
Other groups that are part of the coalition include the Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council, Organic Consumers Association, Sierra Club and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.