The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

August 8, 2013

Letter: Counting on Lucas

ENID, Okla. — As a society, it’s our moral obligation to prevent cruelty to animals, so I was sickened to learn that the House Farm Bill passed with the King amendment, which would undo state laws designed to protect animals from abuse.

What this means is that Oklahoma would lose its ability to enforce or introduce laws protecting dogs on puppy mills, animals on factory farms, horses and countless other animals — all thanks to Rep. Steve King of Iowa, who seems to be on a one-man mission to strip animals of any protection. Additionally, it would undo laws in place to protect food safety, the environment and farm workers.

Rep. Frank Lucas, who will likely be part of the conference committee that decides the final version of the bill, must work as hard as he possibly can to stop this deeply troubling abuse of federal power.

Congress needs to pass a version of the Farm Bill that does not have Rep. King’s outrageous provision or any similar language. Rep. Lucas, we’re counting on you.

 

Vickie Grantz

Enid Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, executive director

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