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GOP Rep. Steven King (R-IA): We don't agree with your views on Dog Fighting

Rep. Steven King (R-IA): We don't agree with your views on dog fighting. We would like you to do your research before you make statements such as you have. We believe dog fighting is torture, it's inhumane, and it should have very strict laws against it. Please help us ban Dog Fighting and make the laws harsher on violators.
We believe you are promoting violence. Violence in people who will then teach dogs to be killers. We don't believe people with such views should be in office.

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Katherine Souder

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This is an article I read on www.thinkprogress.org
GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting
By Scott Keyes on Jul 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm
If you believe that the United States should legalize...

This is an article I read on www.thinkprogress.org
GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting
By Scott Keyes on Jul 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm
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.
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.

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