Friday, 11 May 2018 11:52

Porky & Buddy Column: What Is The King Provision?

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Dear Readers: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, they’re at it again. The United States House Agriculture Committee has approved the addition of language to the Farm Bill that, if passed, could destroy hundreds—if not thousands—of important animal-protection laws.

The King Provision (named for its author, Rep. Steve King of Iowa who has been trying to have similar legislation passed for years) would strip state and local governments of the ability to pass and enforce laws affecting “agricultural products”—a term so broad that it includes not only farm animals like cows and pigs, but even dogs in puppy mills.

The provision in the House bill could not only wipe out numerous state animal protection laws on puppy mills, farm animal confinement, shark finning, horse slaughter, and even dog meat, but also a wide range of other laws related to food safety, environmental protection, worker safety, labeling and more. In addition to the threat to existing laws, states, cities, and towns would be forbidden from passing new laws to protect animals.

The most important thing you can do right now is place a phone call to your U.S. representative, Rep. John Katko, at (202) 225-3701, if you live in the 24th District or Rep. Claudia Tenney at (202) 225-3665 if you live in the 22nd District. Simply leave a message with your name, address and a short message stating that as a constituent you urge your representative to oppose the King Provision in the Farm Bill.

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. These phone calls from constituents are effective. You don’t need to say anything elaborate—just a simple one sentence message is fine. Thanks for your help with this.

Are you ready for spring? Oliver Paine Greenhouses is holding its annual Spring Plant Fundraiser weekend on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th from 9 to 4 at the greenhouses, at 125 South Granby Road in Fulton. 15% of you plant purchases will be donated to the Humane Society. You need to download the form on our website to take with you. It’s a great greenhouse with a huge selection of annuals and perennials to get ready for summer (which is finally here . . . we hope.)

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Located at 29 West Seneca Street, Oswego, New York. Phone (315) 207-1070. Email: [email protected] Website: www.oswegohumane.org Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.

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