At the Food Integrity Campaign, we have always been champions of fair practices, transparency, and the protection of farmers’ rights. Today, we are deeply concerned about a looming threat to these principles in the form of the EATS Act. This legislation, which may sound benign on the surface, is nothing short of a power grab by a handful of global agribusinesses. It threatens not only our farmers, but also the very fabric of our communities, our environment, and animal welfare. Join the petition to protect your right to maintain local control over our farms and food system.
The Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act is not what it seems. Behind its seemingly well-intentioned name lies a dangerous agenda that could have far-reaching consequences for farmers, our land, our health, animals, consumers, and local governments. Let’s delve into some of the most alarming aspects of this legislation.
At the heart of our democracy is the principle of states’ rights – the ability of individual states to enact laws that protect the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens. The EATS Act, if passed, would strike at the very core of this principle by stripping over 1,000 state and local laws from the books. This could effectively allow giant corporations to file lawsuits across the country against state and local governments, undermining the autonomy of states to regulate their own affairs.
Local governments, often the closest to the needs and concerns of their communities, could face bankruptcy while defending their laws against endless litigation. The EATS Act doesn’t discriminate; it threatens laws that protect family farmers, animals, public health, and the environment. From regulations targeting invasive pests to wildlife and resource protections, to critical baby food safety measures, the EATS Act jeopardizes it all.
One of the most disheartening consequences of the EATS Act is its potential to roll back the progress made in animal welfare. State-level animal protection laws that have been enacted with bipartisan support are at risk of being nullified. This includes laws that ban or restrict extreme animal confinement practices, such as gestation crates, veal crates, and cages for egg-laying hens. The EATS Act stands in stark contrast to the values held by the majority of Americans. A Data for Progress poll found that around 80% of voters, regardless of political affiliation, believe that preventing cruelty to animals is a matter of personal moral concern. The EATS Act threatens to undermine the very principles and laws that reflect this widespread concern for the humane treatment of farm animals.
The EATS Act, with its promises of safe and affordable food, conceals a deeply concerning agenda that puts corporate interests above farmers, consumers, and the welfare of animals. At the Food Integrity Campaign, we believe that local farmers and communities know what is best for them, and the power to set rules should remain in their hands. We stand with those who believe in the importance of states’ rights, protecting local economies, and ensuring the humane treatment of animals.
It is crucial for all Americans, regardless of political affiliation, to recognize the potential harm the EATS Act poses to our values, our communities, and our food system. Together, we must work towards a food system that prioritizes integrity, sustainability, and the well-being of all, rather than a select few corporate interests. Join the petition to help defeat the EATS Act. The fight for a just and humane food system continues, and it’s a fight we must win for the sake of our farmers, our land, our health, and our animals.
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