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Farm Bill Would Kneecap Progress In Animal Rights

An amendment to the federal farm bill proposed by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who represents the largest egg-producing state in the country, would ban states from enacting animal welfare regulations that are stricter than those in other states, drawing anger from animal rights advocates. Opponents say that the measures would disincentivize basic humane conditions for farm animals, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

His [King's] immediate target was California's Proposition 2, passed by voters in 2008, which requires that cages for veal calves, pregnant sows and egg-laying hens allow the animals to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely. It is set to take effect in 2015.