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Brenda Peterson, Fargo, Published September 05 2013

Letter: King amendment goes way too far

When Congress reconvenes, members will cast their vote on the farm bill. With the addition of the King amendment, more is at stake than most people realize. Sponsored by Iowa Republican Steve King, its original intent was allegedly to protect producers from regulations that create a burdensome trade barrier for farmers. However, due to the wording of this potentially dangerous amendment, many, if not all, animal protection laws passed over the years by 49 states (including North Dakota – finally!) are at risk of being completely nullified.

Laws relating to confinement of animals on factory farms, standards for puppy mills, animal fighting, prohibitions regarding the slaughter and, believe it or not, sale of meat from horses, dogs and cats are just a few of the issues that will be affected if the bill passes with the amendment intact. King has opposed every piece of federal legislation that would protect animals.

Fortunately, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is on the farm bill conference committee, so he has the authority to help remove this amendment. On behalf of all North Dakotans and all animals, please join me in urging him to do so.