Farm Bill Amendment Could Impact Animal Treatment in OH
Ohio News Network Reporting
Lawmakers are putting many "eggs" in the Farm Bill "basket" in Washington, and one amendment could impact the welfare of farm animals in Ohio.
Under the amendment proposed by Iowa Republican Representative Steve King, only the federal government could make laws establishing animal welfare practices for the agriculture industry.
Paul Shapiro with the Humane Society of the United States says it would nullify Ohio’s regulations that improve the treatment of farm animals.
If the amendment passed, only the federal government could make laws establishing animal welfare practices for the agriculture industry, but Shapiro points out there is no federal legislation pending that would replace the state laws preempted by the amendment.
Shapiro calls the bill's language "vague" and says it could have wide-reaching effects, also affecting regulations about food safety, environmental protection and worker safety. He believes it's important for states to maintain the right to create legislation when they see it's necessary.
Supporters of King's amendment, called the Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), say having different laws for each state makes it difficult for large-scale producers.