Iowa congressman explains dog-fighting remark
Thursday August 2nd, 2012
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is feeling the heat from animal welfare advocates after comments he made during his “tele-townhall” Monday night.
When asked about his stance on animal rights, King responded by suggesting that dog fighting is akin to humans fighting for sport.
“When the legislation that passed in the farm bill 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 Congressman said (see video below).
He went on to criticize the work of animal advocacy groups who devote their efforts to ending the cruel sport of dog fighting, saying that there is “something wrong with Wayne Pacelle and the Humane Society of the United States way of thinking like that.”
“There’s no federal lawmaker who has worked harder to thwart the enactment of anti-dogfighting legislation than Steve King,” the HSUS writes.
“If you are in favor of dog fighting, why not take those three sweet dogs of YOURS and put them in the ring? Or is it only OK to allow OTHER dogs to be tortured?” one post reads.
King has since insisted that what he said at the “tele-townhall” has been blown out of proportion, and has since taken to YouTube to clarify his views.
“We need to respect humans more than we do animals,” King states in the video. “Whenever we start elevating animals up to above that of humans, we’ve crossed a moral line.”
He ends his clarification video by poking fun at the idea of animal fighting, joking that he breaks up dog fights in his home between his dogs: “They do jump in and they do get into a tussle with each other once in awhile, and you have to jump in there and break it up,” King says with a grin.
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