Stop the attacks on animals

A few years ago, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King pushed a harmful measure that could've gutted anti-cruelty laws across the country and stripped the authority of states to protect animals from abuse and consumers from unsafe food. The efforts of thousands of animal advocates and others ultimately defeated the measure. Now, Rep. King is back with his disastrous legislation and another congressman is pushing something similar.

Rep. King and Wisconsin Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner have introduced two bills—HR 3599 and HR 2887—that could undercut the will of the people and force states and localities to allow the sale of dangerous and inhumanely-produced products.

These bills pose a very tangible threat to animals all over the nation:

  • California could be forced to allow the sale of foie gras, a notoriously cruel “delicacy” produced by jamming a pipe down the throats of ducks and force-feeding them until their livers become enlarged and diseased despite a state law banning its sale.
  • Georgia and other states could be compelled to allow the sale of dog meat.
  • Illinois and other states could have their bans on the sale of horse meat overturned.
  • Rules in Louisiana and other states preventing the sale of abused and sick dogs from puppy mills could be wiped out.
  • Massachusetts could be forced to allow the sale of eggs from hens locked in tiny cages despite overwhelming public opposition to the sale of these products. Battery cage eggs have higher rates of salmonella and they come from hens who are jammed in cages so small the animals cannot move.

The federal government should not be engaged in this kind of attack on states’ rights. Rep. King has been fighting animal welfare laws at the federal level, and now he’s attacking them in the states. In short, he doesn’t want any animal welfare laws, and we cannot let him get away with it. Please raise your voice and speak out today against both the King and Sensenbrenner bills.

Please take a moment to call your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators today. Look up your legislator's phone number. You can say, "As your constituent, I urge you to vocally oppose HR 3599, HR 2887 and any similar attacks on state and local measures protecting animals and consumers that may arise in the House or Senate."

After making your phone call (please do not skip that crucial step!), fill in and submit the form below to automatically send a follow-up message. We encourage you to add your own thoughts or comments in the editable portion so your representative knows how important this issue is to you.

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Dear Legislator,

As your constituent, I respectfully urge you to vocally oppose the "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" (HR 3599) and the "No Regulation Without Representation Act" (HR 2887), as well as any similar attacks on duly-enacted state and local measures protecting animals and consumers that may arise in the House or Senate.

These dangerous bills, which would be better named the "States' Rights Elimination Acts," could undermine hundreds of state and local laws covering everything from food safety to child labor to animal welfare. They present a major threat to people and animals nationwide.

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