Letter: A Threat to Animal Protection Laws

To the Editor:

Who doesn’t support state animal-protection laws? U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that’s who. He included a provision in the House farm bill that would prevent states from passing laws aimed at protecting dogs in puppy mills, pigs and hens in factory farms, sharks, horses ... the list goes on. Fortunately, the House farm bill failed to pass, and I strongly encourage all of us who care about animal protection to encourage our federal legislators to exclude King’s provisions from the final bill. Americans deserve to have their voices heard — not overridden — when it comes to nonpartisan issues such as animal protection.

Katie Thomas

South Royalton