It's all over the news that Steve King, a congressman from Iowa, has stepped in some serious doo-doo, and can't seem to keep his foot out of his mouth. In his efforts to communicate that animals should not be rated higher than human beings, he responded to a questioner at a televised town hall style meeting:
"When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that its a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but its not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, theres something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that."
King made this statement in reference to an amendment to the farm bill that prohibits attendance at organized animal fights and imposes additional penalties for bringing a child to these barbaric events. This amendment was proposed in response to studies that suggest these types of experiences play a major role in desensitizing youth against the horror of violence and potentially may become perpetrators of crime.
It is currently a federal crime to hold animal fights, to possess and or train animals for fighting purposes. Under the proposed amendment, anyone wagering or attending an animal fight could also be charged.
Many responders echoed the thoughts of this commenter:
At BaxterBoo, we are your best friend's other best friend. We believe in the intrinsic value of pets and their people. Maybe it's cliche, but we need to step across party lines and wag more and bark less!Â Humane is a language we can all appreciate.
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