King Amendment Officially Rejected!

Posted by Chris Green, ALDF Director of Legislative Affairs on January 27, 2014

Great news! Today the Farm Bill Conference Committee just released its conference report containing the final version of the U.S. Farm Bill. We can thankfully relay that the dreaded King Amendment is nowhere to be found in any of the 949 pages that will be sent to the full House and Senate for a final vote.


As ALDF repeatedly has warned, the King Amendment outrageously would have prevented your state from ever setting its own health, safety and welfare standards and applying them to imported agricultural products produced elsewhere. In doing so it immediately would have rolled back laws in 8 states that forbid cruel farm animal confinement, rescinded California’s Foie Gras ban, horse slaughter and puppy mill prohibitions, children’s nutritional requirements, and have nullified CA’s Prop 2 and other such ballot initiatives where voters have spoken to demand better treatment for the animals whose products are sold within their own state borders.

The King amendment inevitably would have created a “race to the bottom” whereby the most abusive and dangerous rules in the country would become de facto national standards––since producers “doing it on the cheap” in one state always would undercut the prices of domestic producers in those states that care more about public health and animal welfare.

The effect could have been cataclysmic for animal protection in this country and we at ALDF thank you profusely for all the calls, letters and emails sent to legislators to help defeat this potentially devastating measure.

We now urge you to again contact your Congressional representatives in both the House and Senate and request that they vote for this final version of the U.S. Farm Bill. As an added bonus it also contains a provision that makes it a Federal crime to bring a child under 16 years of age to any animal fight.

With today’s news, the recent renewal of the ban on horse slaughter inspection, and last week’s tabling of New Hampshire’s Ag-Gag bill, it looks like 2014 is off to a great legislative start so far!

34 thoughts on “King Amendment Officially Rejected!

  1. Darrell Chancellor says:

    You referred to King Amendment without actually identifying who King is. Anyone that ruthless toward animals needs to be fully exposed. There’s no telling what he might do next. Please identify King’s full name, senate or house, Party affiliation and from what state.

    I want to keep an eye on him from now on. Thank you.

    1. Dolores D says:

      “King Amendment” by Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

  2. Stockton Garver says:

    Please vote for the final version of the U.S. Farm Bill, and please don’t let the King Amendment creep in the back door. Thank you for caring about animal welfare.

    1. ldrboyle says:

      Great news for animals!

  3. Lynette Campagna says:


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  5. Cynthia Duncan says:

    The Cruelty this Country inflicts on Animals is rising to Epic proportions. The Maufacturing of Animals is unnatural.We must stop eating these creatures.

  6. Suzanne McAllister says:

    What about subsidies for the meat and dairy industry? isn’t it time to stop that? I’m not thrilled with the outcome.

  7. Kim Bell says:

    Please keep our horses safe & please keep our farm animals from horrific conditions. & treatment

  8. Dawn Lauryn says:

    My gosh, this is the best news I’ve heard in such a very long time. Let’s hope cruel, crazy people like King loose their power and influence PERMANENTLY!

  9. Praying for all animals to be treated humanely…

  10. Frances LeTourneau says:

    The least we can do is treat the animals that we use for food with respect.

  11. Melanie Lassiter says:

    Thank you to U.S. Legislators for rejecting the King Amendment. Without you, farm animals would have nothing to protect them from even more horrific abuse than they already endure.
    Animal fighting is also an extremely cruel, violent activity whereby animals suffer for long periods before death. We ask that you do what you can to stop these fights, and at least make it illegal for children under the age of 16 to attend. Thanks again!!

  12. Denna says:

    Absolutely great news! Whew! Thank you!

  13. Shelley Southcott-Odegaard says:

    Congratulation! A hard battle, well fought,

  14. Elizabeth DeCoux says:

    There is a valid concern that laws prohibiting cruelty to farm animals are riddled with exceptions and are not enforced (for instance, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act), and simply make people feel better about eating animals. However, there are at least two important positive results from such laws. First, the advertising campaigns to pass such laws portray the cruel treatment of animals so accurately that consumption of animal products is actually lower than expected during the period leading to those votes (although it appears to increase to expected levels after the advertising stops). Second, many “ag-gag” laws apply only to *legal* farming operations. If a factory farm is violating a law prohibiting certain types of cruelty, then an undercover investigator can avoid conviction under the “ag-gag” law, because s/he did not enter a lawful farming operation, and instead entered an unlawful one. All in all, it is a good thing that the King Amendment failed.

    1. alita says:

      At least the videos can get out now, even if they aren’t used directly in prosecutions and could lead to changes in the laws so prosecution in the future can occur.
      So far, it’s been a pretty powerful way to document the realities of the cruelty which up to now, have been hidden away in their dark corners of the world.

  15. Viv says:

    Great news! Thank you so much!

  16. whirlaway says:

    It is Rep. Steve King from Iowa.

  17. kim sears says:

    Thank you to U.S. Legislators for rejecting the King Amendment

  18. christine Mack says:

    Steve King(R-Iowa) introduced the King Amendment. Please remember this at voting time.

  19. Reyna Castillo says:

    Thank god things are gonna be better for the animals!!! Thank you.

  20. Monique Ortiz says:

    Congratulations ALDF! This made my day.

  21. Nick Percival says:

    The King Amendment was one of the most odious initiatives ever proposed both for its extreme callousness to the suffering of animals and also as a most underhanded ploy for stripping the rights of state and local governments and their citizens of their rights in a democracy.

  22. cherie ann rojek griffith says:

    Good news need to ban horse slaughter in entire USA !!

  23. C. Davie says:

    I am a vegetarian because of the cruel and inhumane treatment that animals endure in factory farms. Hopefully, Mr. King will realize that there are many in our country like me who choose not to eat meat, not for our own good health, but for the welfare of the animals. I am grateful that this amendment was rejected, but I fervently hope that the agenda within that amendment will not rear its ugly head in the future. If it does, those of us who care about the humane treatment of animals will fight just as hard to defeat it!

  24. C Womble says:

    Great news! However the cruelty still goes on-puppy mills, horse slaughter, feedlots, testing on animals, etc. The list goes on and on.

  25. Sylva Smith says:

    Why am I NOT surprised King is a republican. They hate the working people and animals. Let’s do all we can to destroy this party of the rich and ruthless!!!!

  26. Loretta Carpani says:

    This is great news for animals. However, the cruelty and atrocities still go on. We can only keep fighting, keeping working for them and keep praying for them.

  27. judy thorpe says:

    I signed every petition there was to put a stop to it. What a relief! King should be ashamed to ever come up with such a law and stupid to think that the public was going to go for it.

  28. Dave says:

    Awesome. That’s definitely some happy news. Congrats to the ALDF and other animal rights activists for protecting innocent animals’ rights.

  29. Shell says:

    HOORAY!!!!!….A victory for the innocent!!:-)
    …EAT DIRT, STEVE KING!!!!!!:-P

  30. Irena says:

    Good for animals.

  31. amanda says:

    I’m so happy about this. I have to say I was holding more breath…keep up the good work. Animals need us

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