Wingnut Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting

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As if there weren't enough reasons to dislike one of the most extreme wingnuts in the United States Congress, we can add one more to the list with Rep. Steve King: GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting:

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.

As Scott Keyes noted in his post at Think Progress, that's a ridiculous analogy, since humans have a choice as to whether they're going to participate in a fight. The same cannot be said for animals and as he pointed out, you don't have humans regularly being executed after they lose a fight, which often happens in dogfighting. They also pointed out King's atrocious record on animal cruelty, which I was not aware of before reading their post, but am sorry to say I'm not shocked by at all.

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