GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting

 

Written by Scott Keyes

If you believe that the United States should legalize dogfighting because we allow humans to fight, fear not. You’ve got an ally in the United States Congress.

During a tele-townhall late last week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) fielded a question about his opposition to animal rights and recently introduced legislation that would undermine local standards preventing animal torture. “It’s wrong to rate animals above human beings,” he told the questioner. To make his point, King argued that “there’s something wrong” for society to make it a “federal crime to watch animals fight” but “it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting.”

KING: When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that 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.

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King did not say whether it was also hypocritical that society allows people to get married yet not animals.

Of course, there is a very good reason we ban dogfighting and other similar forms of cruelty: animals don’t have a choice in the matter. Manny Pacquiao chooses to step into the ring. Michael Vick’s dogs did not. Similarly, when a human boxer loses a fight, he is not ritually executed after the fight. The same is not always true in dogfighting.

Unfortunately, King is a longtime advocate for legalizing dogfighting, cockfighting, and other forms of animal torture. Most recently, he fought legislation that would make it illegal to bring a child to an animal fight. He has also set aside his love for states’ rights in order to forbid localities from enacting anti-animal torture standards.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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927 comments

Jennifer Manzi
Jennifer Manzi6 months ago

What a douchebag. Is he gonna fight the dog with no weapons and covered in A1 sauce? That I'd be for

Jennifer Manzi
Jennifer Manzi6 months ago

What a douchebag. Is he gonna fight the dog with no weapons and covered in A1 sauce? That I'd be for

Angie D.
Angie D.6 months ago

REP STEVEN KING IS THE WORST OF THE WORST "I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF SPECIE" HE IS. I CAN'T CALL HIM A HUMAN BEING BECAUSE HE DEFINITELY IS NOT. HE IS THE ONE WHO LEGISLATED THE AG-GAG LAW. THIS IS A SICK PERVERTED INDIVIDUAL. DO NOT, DO NOT ELECT OR RE-ELECTED THIS CORRUPT, MEAN AND IMMORAL JERK. REMEMBER DO NOT, DO NOT RE-ELECT OR ELECT THIS NON-HUMAN ????

Chris C.
Chris C.7 months ago

"Unfortunately, King is a longtime advocate for legalizing dogfighting, cockfighting, and other forms of animal torture. Most recently, he fought legislation that would make it illegal to bring a child to an animal fight. He has also set aside his love for states’ rights in order to forbid localities from enacting anti-animal torture standards.

This guy is like a lethal cancer...he needs to be "cut out" of Congress!

Shelley Parsons
Shelley Parsons7 months ago

Sad excuse for a human being. I wish there was some way these comments could be sent to him so he knows what people think of him.

Dena Barrett
Dena Barrett7 months ago

Ok, does it bother anyone else that someone do obviously oblivious to the differences between humans and animals is allowed to function in civilized society much less represent other individuals within that society. People of Iowa, WAKE UP! Even republicans surely cannot wasn't such an imbecile representing them to the world. So, micro-brain, let me explain it to you. People choose to become fighters. Generally speaking they are not tortured, beaten, starved and abused to make then killers during the fight. Generally speaking, human fights are not to the death as is usually the case with animal fights. Fighters can walk away anytime they choose. If they are injured they are provided proper medical care. Their are referees and rules to prevent, our at least try to prevent serious injuries and tiki stop the fight if it gets out of hand. There is no getting "out of hand" with animals forced to fight. The bloodier and more violent, the better. Animals forced to fight do not receive medical care, they cannot quit, they do not have a choice.


Personally I think humans fighting is barbarous and a waste of every resource around. I personally believe it is not a sport when the sole purpose of the activity is to hurt your opponent until they can no longer fight. That being said, I also believe it is up to individuals to determine if they want to become fighters, support it, enjoy it, whatever. I would think quite negatively about people who bring children to such an activity for

Dena Barrett
Dena Barrett7 months ago

Ok, does it bother anyone else that someone do obviously oblivious to the differences between humans and animals is allowed to function in civilized society much less represent other individuals within that society. People of Iowa, WAKE UP! Even republicans surely cannot wasn't such an imbecile representing them to the world. So, micro-brain

Kate R.
Kate R.7 months ago

I find it worrying that there are people who imagine a person with such vile opinions is the best person to represent their own views.

Fi T.
Fi T.7 months ago

No excuses

Fi T.
Fi T.7 months ago

No excuses