Maryann Tobin

If there was any doubt in your mind that there is something wrong with the message coming out of the Republican Party, you need not look any further than Rep. Steve King of Iowa. King actually supports animal torture.

With some of the most bizarre reasoning ever babbled by a politician, Steve King came out in support of dog fighting, and just about all animal torture and cruelty. King claims that if people can legally fight then there’s nothing wrong with animals legally fighting.

For King, that includes dog fighting, where animals are badly mangled and killed after being forced into competition by their humans, and cock fighting, where roosters suffer the same fate as the dogs, but perhaps with a bit less visible blood.

King said, “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,” according to Think Progress.

However most civilized humans agree, people have a choice in a career like boxing, and they are paid for it. Animals on the other hand, are forced to surrender their lives in fighting pits against their will. And all they get for it is pain, suffering, and death.

Perhaps there is “something wrong” with King.

Anyone who thinks that watching animals fight, bleed, suffer, and die is someting that will somehow benefit America, needs a mental evaluation, not power in public office.

What ever happend to just taking kids to see a Disney movie?

Guys like King give the entire Republican Party a bad image by making crazy seem acceptable when it is not.

Perhaps King should be reminded that most serial killers start their careers by torturing animals. Does he think America needs more of them, too?

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Video: Steve King on animal fighting

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