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Critics Voice Concern Over Farm Bill Amendment

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Critics say an amendment introduced to the Federal Farm Bill by Iowa Representative Steve King could undermine state efforts to improve animal welfare, and if approved, could mean the end of Indiana's puppy mill law and efforts to protect farm animals in the Hoosier state and around the country.  Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, says animal welfare and health has an impact on food safety, and he believes the amendment could hamper future efforts by Indiana to pass farm animal welfare laws. Representative King has said he believes the wide variety of animal protection laws restricts commerce and creates obstacles for farm producers to widely sell their products.  Pacelle says King's amendment could nullify hard-won rights in 34 states.
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