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 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 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:
The main difference is people choose to fight and often sign lengthy contracts with stringent rules in place and get paid well for it, even if they lose. Animals are usually forced to fight “no-holds-barred” and often the loser is severely maimed then executed. It’s simply needless suffering and killing. Like Gandhi said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” If you can’t care about the smallest creature, how can you care about your fellow man? Mandy Gillis
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! Humane is a language we can all appreciate.
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