Rep. Steve King Doesn’t Understand Why Anyone Would Want to Ban Someone From Watching Dog Fighting

Iowa Rep. Steve King (R) believes that people who want to ban their fellow Americans from seeing dogs and others animals fight against one another have some misguided priorities.

During a tele-townhall event last week, King complained about an amendment to the farm bill that would criminalize attending organized animal fights and would impose penalties on anyone who brought children to one of these events.

“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,” the Iowa congressman said.

Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle said earlier this month that new legislation was necessary because of loopholes that allowed fight organizers to continue to profit even though federal laws had been strengthened in recent years.

“Spectators are participants and accomplices who enable the crime of animal fighting, make the enterprise profitable through admission fees and wagering, and help conceal and protect the handlers and organizers,” Pacelle said. “Federal investigators who raid large-scale animal fighting operations may soon be able to prosecute the entire cast of characters who sustain dogfighting and cockfighting.”

Somewhere Micheal Vick must be thinking “Where was this King guy back in 2007!?”


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