Over the past decade, many states have passed laws to protect animals. Such laws include protecting dogs from inhumane “puppy mills,” horses from slaughter and farm animals from certain inhumane industrialized farming techniques. This wave of animal protection laws is a reflection of how acutely the humane treatment of animals matters to Americans. It's therefore appalling that the House version of the farm bill included language written by U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that could mark the end of these laws that have set higher standards for both human and animal welfare.
Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas will likely be in the conference committee that decides the final version of the farm bill, so he has an opportunity to eliminate this harmful provision. I hope he'll work hard with his fellow congressmen to strike the King language before the farm bill goes into effect. Let's not dismantle effective laws that benefit the health and welfare of our society and the animals that are a vital part of it.
Molly Gibb, Oklahoma City