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Rep. Steve King, sociopath, is still going on about how we need to re-legalize animal torture. Because not torturing animals means you're elevating them above people, and we can't have that. In response to a question about his support for dogfighting, King responds:
[W]hen the legislation that passed in the farm bill, um, 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. [...]
Well, I think it's a federal crime to watch people fight to the death for your entertainment, too, but I'm not entirely sure on that.
You have to be kind of nuts (all right, very, very nuts) to make a name for yourself as the pro-animal-abuse guy in Congress. I'm not sure what passes for fun in the Steve King household, but his consistency and aggressiveness on the subject are something to behold. And dogfighting, specifically? That's the thing he goes to the mat for?
There seems to be a certain segment of people who believe that torturing animals for fun is one of their civil rights—that if they don't get to do it, it is evidence that they are being oppressed by the mean, mean government who doesn't understand the great value of torturing animals for fun. Usually, these people go on to live rich, full lives in jail as a result of their other, ahem, belief systems, but occasionally stupid people elect them to Congress.