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US Friends, The Dangerous King Amendment to the Farm Bill is Back

July 19, 2013

Please click here to ask your Senators and Representatives to oppose the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill.

The revamped Farm Bill, including the highly controversial King Amendment, was approved by the House last Thursday. House-Senate negotiators are now working to resolve the differences between their bills. Please ask your Senators and Representatives to reject the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill. The King Amendment, proposed by Representative Steve King of Iowa, claims to protect interstate commerce, but in reality it is designed to undermine animal welfare laws enacted by individual states. King states on his website that he is specifically targeting the California law which will only allow eggs to be sold from hens housed in less restrictive cages, as specified by the state, by 2014.

Ninety-five percent of egg-laying hens spend their entire short, miserable lives crammed into tiny cages with as many as ten hens per cage. Battery cages are stacked on top of one another and are packed into windowless sheds with thousands of hens per shed. Hens are so confined in battery cages that each bird has less than the size of a sheet of paper to herself. These hens never get to spread their wings, breathe fresh air, see the sunlight, nest, forage, or even turn around.

Hens should not be confined to battery cages. And according to the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, states should be able to ban the sale of agricultural products if they are not produced in a manner approved by that state. Please click here to ask your Senators and Representatives to oppose the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill.

in the book of lives
we do NOT say
that other species
are inferior and
causing them pain
is okay.
in the book of lives,
we do not do,
what we would not
want done to us,
in the book of lives
that which we read,
is the equality of all
and we live
the good deed.
in the book of lives,
we live and let love,
as we cherish the divine
gift of animals
from the One above

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

10 Comments leave one →
  1. lori moak-kean permalink
    July 19, 2013 12:35 pm

    signed and will share. i would hope that if any of these senators and representatives have seen these atrocious conditions, they couldn’t possibly think it was acceptable to treat sentient being in this manner. they all need to learn & follow this mantra:
    May all beings be free from danger.
    May all beings be free from mental suffering.
    May all beings be free from physical suffering.
    May all beings be enabled to carry out life in peace and happiness


    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      July 19, 2013 1:04 pm

      word, lori♥


    • July 19, 2013 1:23 pm

      I agree, too, Lori. It’s pure evil that some are aware yet don’t care. I love your mantra. Karen, I got your poem from Facebook OC, thank you, wonderful poet, it is nothing but beautiful.


      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        July 19, 2013 1:51 pm

        you are welcome, stacey and thank you for inspiring and sharing this wonderful blog ♥


    • July 19, 2013 4:59 pm

      LOVE that Mantra Lori thanks! Karen fantastic poem signed petition and shared in several places thanks STacey have a great weekend


      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        July 20, 2013 11:27 am

        thank you florence 🙂


  2. July 19, 2013 1:59 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog and commented:
    Immediate action needed to save our animal friends. Please help.



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