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Representative Steve King of Iowa recently found himself in trouble with animal activists. During a town hall meeting in late July, King remarked that people should be able to watch animals fight, comparing dog fights to watching wrestlers or boxers in the ring.
"When the legislation that passed in the farm bill says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight, but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that,” King said at the meeting. “It’s wrong to rate animals above human beings."
This isn’t the first time Representative King has railed against animal rights—in fact, he has cast innumerable votes against defending animals from abuse. He has voted to abolish laws that prohibit children from viewing animal fights, ignoring a report indicating children who participate in crimes like these at a young age have much higher probabilities of becoming criminals themselves. He’s continuously voted against anti horse slaughter bills, amendments designed to protect pets during and after disasters, bills to protect laying hens, and legislation aimed at protecting endangered species like polar bears.
“It’s hard to believe anyone could come up with such a rag-tag defense of animal fighting–where drugs, illegal gambling, and sometimes even human violence are mixed with animal cruelty,” said Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society on his blog. “Dogfighting, extreme confinement of laying hens, and an attack on states’ rights. What a guy.”
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