Satan on earth: Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King

 

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Iowa Rep. Steve King (GOP)

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kathleen-parker-steve-kings-inhumane-farm-bill-measure/2013/08/20/bf51f688-09d1-11e3-8974-f97ab3b3c677_story.html

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What may have escaped much notice, however, is an amendment by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) that would preempt state and local laws governing food production and other animal-related industries, including puppy mills, confinement of farm animals, animal fighting, shark finning and the sale of meat from horses, dogs and cats.

Despite strong opposition from animal rights groups as well as nearly 200 fellow House and Senate members, King has invoked the Commerce Clause to defend his amendment.

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King, whose legislative history regarding animal welfare is poster material for cruelty (and dunderheadedness) — he thinks dogfighting is fine and children ought to be able to watch — also promises that his amendment will put an end to “radical organizations” such as the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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King, perhaps, represents a certain contingent that holds to a biblical view that animals don’t deserve the same consideration as humans. As King said in his defense of dogfighting, there’s something wrong when we outlaw dogfights but allow people to fight. The obvious difference is that people who step into the ring have a choice in the matter — and state-sanctioned torture of animals would seem to undermine the notion that humans are of greater value to the Divine.

The fate of King’s amendment will be determined when Congress reconvenes in September. For now, dozens of animal rights organizations, as well as the head of the National Conference of State Legislators, are lobbying hard to kill it.

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