In early 2018, Iowa Representative Steve King introduced U.S. House Bill No. 4879, a horrible bill that could have destroy countless animal protection laws enacted in the U.S. over the last several decades by completely undermining the ability for states to pass laws to protect animals. Representative King proposed an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill based on his bill, and it was approved in April 2018. HUMANE ACTION Pittsburgh was committed to stopping the King Amendment from being voted into law and encouraged legislators from across the country to write their U.S. Senators urging them to vote against the King Amendment.
HAP worked with Pittsburgh City Council to compose a Will of Council to express our city's strong opposition to the King Amendment. With support from every City Council member, Councilwoman Erika Strassburger read the Will of Council that was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senators Toomey and Casey. If you want to watch a video of her presenting the Will of Council and another video of our HAP Treasurer, Sam Ahwesh, delivering our gratitude to Pittsburgh City Council for their hard work, please click the links above or visit our Facebook page.
Thankfully, the King Amendment was not included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Thank you to everyone who participated in our campaign and helped prevent this terrible amendment from becoming law.