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GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting

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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1:52PM PST on Feb 25, 2015

Why was the petition closed?

8:57PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

What a dick! Is he always this stupid, or was this a special occasion? Anybody who thinks dogfighting should be legal has no compassion, no heart, & no ethics. I sure as Hell don't want this dullard representing me in any way, shape, or form.

8:49PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

King is an asshole.

5:07PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

This jerk should never be in politics, he's a danger. Who are the morons that vote for this moron? We must get him out. I'd love to know what kind of upbringing he had.

11:23AM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

I absolutely loathe this poor excuse for a human being. Iowans should vote his sorry ass out.

10:22AM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

I'd love to put this GOP JERK in a death match so he see's what its like then dispose of him!!! MORONS like him make my blood boil...

3:07AM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

This fool to live in China.

7:45AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Is he genuinely this stupid? Never heard of the guy. People fight by choice... I.e boxing, kung fu or whatever. Dogs don't....

2:34AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Barbaric man! For animals it's not entertainment , they are forced into it! Dog fighting is not something to be taken lightly ,I have heard horror stories from friends who rescued dogs from the ring. People literlly bet on the dogs life!
Worst part of this tragedy is that people actualy pay money.

2:34AM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

Something is "terrribly wrong" with this man's intelligence and ethics.

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