Animal cruelty is ok with Rep. King

A couple years ago Representative Steve King denounced the Humane Society of the US as a radical organization (coincidentally the HSUS had just released video footage showing how badly chickens were treated at some farms in Iowa). Now he’s trying to get rid of legislation that was passed that mandates the humane treatment of farm animals (also see here):

Taking aim at California’s pioneering efforts to bolster animal safety, the House  Agriculture Committee has moved to block states from imposing their own  standards for agriculture products on producers from other states.

Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who represents the country’s leading egg-producing state, said he introduced the amendment because the California law and others like it “scrambles and creates a patchwork quilt of state regulations.”

“If California wants to regulate eggs that come into the state, fine,” King said. “But don’t be telling the states that are producing a product that’s already approved by the USDA or the FDA how to produce that product.”

That last statement seems reasonable until you realize that there are really loose federal rules on animal cruelty–it’s ok to put chickens in cages so small that their feet don’t touch the ground, for example. If you do something to a pet dog or cat you can go to jail, but if a farmer does the same thing to farm animals it’s fine. Of course, that doesn’t say that King is ok with all animal cruelty, but go here to see that it’s not just farm animals that he doesn’t mind being mistreated.

The fun thing is that this sort of thing might hurt him politically (I know, it’s sad that someone who explicitly says he’s ok with mistreating animals only might be hurt politically but you take what you can get).

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