A message from The Humane Society of the United States:
Don't Let Congress Undo State and Local Animal Laws
A small provisionSection 123tucked into the pending Farm Bill in
the U.S. House of Representatives would prohibit states and
localities from banning activities they deem to be contrary to public
health, safety, and morals. Section 123 would undo bans on horse
slaughter, intensive confinement of pigs and calves raised for veal,
force-feeding of ducks and geese to make foie gras, and other
important laws. It's an outrageous power grab that would undermine
the democratic process and deny citizens the right to pass state or
local laws on issues of humane treatment or food safety.
This could be the most urgent alert ever! If we don't get rid of
Section 123, people who've worked so hard to get state and local
animal protection laws passedinvesting hours and hours in good faith
that their involvement in the legislative process matterswill find
out that their hard-won achievements are wiped out by this heavy-
handed federal law.
Please make brief, polite phone calls to your two U.S. Senators and
one U.S. Representative and urge them to oppose Section 123 of the
House Farm Bill. You can reach your federal legislators by calling
the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or click here to find
their Capitol office phone numbers.
After you make your phone calls, please go to the following URL to
email your senators and representative.