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August 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Treatment of animals a factor in federal farm bill

Wouldn’t be kosher

I agree with Kathleen Parker that one measure of humanity is our humane treatment of animals [“Treat animals humanely,” Opinion, Aug. 24], but I think she missed two key points.

First, the Bible does teach us to treat animals humanely even before slaughter, that is part of what the dietary laws (kosher) are about.

More important, she misses the point that while U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is willing to invoke the commerce clause to pre-empt states’ rights regarding the treatment of animals, he is unwilling to use it to regulate the health-insurance industry.

What does he think is more important: my right to watch dog fights or my right to health care?

Rob Snyder, Seattle

Support people and animals, not corporations

Sustainable agriculture, animal welfare and individual states are all looking at disaster if the House version of the farm bill with the Rep. Steve King amendment passes by the end of September. The Senate’s bill did not include this provision. Soon the two will be debated and a five-year farm bill voted into law.

The King amendment “prohibits states from enacting laws that place conditions on the means of production for agricultural goods that are sold within its own borders, but are produced in other states.” The amendment, aka the Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), actively threatens to repeal dozens of state laws devoted to protecting animals from abuse, the environment from agricultural pollution and the quality of the food we eat.

Countless creatures’ lives are on the line — farm animals, dogs in puppy mills, horses on their way to slaughter — as this draconian provision nullifies all state laws pertaining to the sales of agricultural products … GMO disclosure for example.

Support people, animals and the environment — not corporations. Create change for the better, for all. Please contact your representatives and senators and request they pass a sustainable farm bill free of the King amendment.

Susanne Ashland, Seattle

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