Good news—the farm bill is progressing! The Senate passed its version of the 2012 farm bill today (read AgWeb coverage here
). The measure promises to help propel the passage of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012.
Farmers can breathe a sigh of relief—more than 200 controversial amendments were cut before the farm bill was passed, including one from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to mandate housing protocols for egg-laying hens. The House version, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012
, supported by the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers, is still in play.
That was the good news of the day.
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed state law S.2191/H.7180,
which prohibits veal crates for calves and gestation crates for sows. This is the eighth state to adopt this type of legislation.
Bank of America today announced another partnership with the Humane Society of the United States—and the release of a new HSUS-themed credit card. This new credit card provides HSUS with $60 for every new account opened and an additional 25 cents for every $100 spent.
The Animal Agriculture Alliance
, also a Bank of America client, is asking farmers and ranchers to join them in "sharing the true agenda of animal rights extremists" in a press release shared today.
When is HSUS going to get flack for its huge $100 million budget?
HSUS isn’t funding pet shelters. Bank of America could find other programs that do more good per dollar. I would suggest Farmers Feeding the World
—it actually gives food to people and helps educate others around the world about agriculture.
I'm sure we could come up with a list of alternatives that Bank of America could financially support. What do you think? Share your ideas below.