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Oppose the King Amendment

Update, Feb. 4, 2014

The Senate passed the Farm Bill today with two major wins on animal welfare issues, one being the removal of the dangerous King amendment.

Now the bill goes to President Obama's desk for signature. Kudos to everyone who helped achieve this victory!


What is the King Amendment?

The Farm Bill recently passed by the House contains a provision proposed by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that seeks to negate most state and local laws regarding the production or manufacture of agriculture products.  Added by voice vote during the House Agriculture Committee’s full committee markup, the King amendment is a radical federal overreach that aims to block state laws protecting farm animals in a way that could also preempt a wide range of state laws covering everything from child labor to dangerous pesticides to labeling of farm-raised fish. Get the facts>>

Take Action Now

Don't let Congress wipe out animal protection laws. Keep the King Amendment out of the final Farm Bill. Send a message to your lawmakers>>

Leading media outlets condemn the King Amendment:


photo: The HSUS

"If approved by the Senate...Mr. King’s reactionary amendment would precipitate a disaster."—Washington Post Editorial Board


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Legislators & groups oppose the King Amendment

Many go on the record against the King Amendment

See the full list of those who have publicly stated opposition to the King Amendment [PDF].

What You Can Do