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Great news!! Section 123 removed from Farm Bill

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  • Kari Nienstedt
    Humane Society Applauds House Agriculture Committee for Removing Great Federal Power Grab from Farm Bill, and Eliminating Earmark for Veal WASHINGTON (July
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      Humane Society Applauds House Agriculture Committee for
      Removing "Great Federal Power Grab" from Farm Bill, and Eliminating
      Earmark for Veal

      WASHINGTON (July 7, 2007)—Late last night, the U.S. House of
      Representatives Committee on Agriculture released its latest mark-up
      of the 2007 Farm Bill, and The Humane Society of the United States
      thanked the committee for removing a little-known but far-reaching
      provision that had threatened to nullify dozens of animal welfare and
      food safety laws enacted through democratic decision-making at the
      state and local level, as well as removing a $12 million subsidy for
      the veal industry.

      Section 123 of Title I of the Farm Bill – included in an earlier
      draft by the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry but removed
      from the version released last night – had specified that "no State
      or locality shall make any law prohibiting the use in commerce of an
      article that the Secretary of Agriculture has (1) inspected and
      passed; or (2) determined to be of non-regulated status."

      The HSUS had advocated for the removal of this provision, and was
      joined by a wide array of consumer groups and environmental and
      farming organizations, including the National Association of
      Counties, National Conference of State Legislatures, Consumers Union,
      Environmental Defense, Rice Growers of California, and American Corn
      Growers Association.

      "We are grateful to Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson
      and Livestock Subcommittee Chairman Leonard Boswell for removing
      Section 123 from the Farm Bill," said Wayne Pacelle, president and
      CEO of The HSUS. "This provision was an overreach and we are glad the
      committee pulled the provision. We look forward to working with the
      committee on other provisions to construct a Farm Bill that includes
      animal welfare provisions supported by the American people."

      If passed, Section 123 could have stricken numerous state and local
      laws—ranging from prohibitions against horse slaughter to bans on the
      cruel treatment of farm animals. Because the wording of the section
      would have prohibited state laws on any article that the Secretary of
      Agriculture has "inspected and passed," The HSUS feared it was so
      broad that it could have been used to threaten animal welfare laws
      that do not even relate to food production, such as restricting
      abusive puppy mills and the ownership of dangerous exotic pets.

      In addition to Section 123, another provision removed from the new
      version of the Farm Bill was a $12 million subsidy for the U.S. veal
      industry. This earmark had been previously offered as an amendment
      by Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wisc.) and approved by a subcommittee vote of
      8 to 6. Veal consumption has been on the decline primarily because
      Americans view the practice of keeping young calves in small crates
      as inhumane, and last year Arizona became the first state to ban veal
      crates. The HSUS had advocated for the removal of this earmark and
      expressed its thanks to the committee for declining to reimburse this
      industry for previous losses.



      The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest
      animal protection organization—backed by 10 million Americans, or one
      of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting
      for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and
      hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty—on the
      web at humanesociety.org.
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