Iowa Please Do Not Reelect Supporter of Dog Fighting - Congressman Steve King

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In 2012 Iowa Congressman Steve King was seen on video stating:
" There is something wrong with society to make it a crime to watch dog fighting, but there is no law that bans somebody to watch people fight". 

Mr. King, believes dog fighting should not be illegal in the United States while he ridiculously compared the choice of humans boxing to animals being forced to inhumanely fight each other for human entertainment - blood sport.

Dog fighting is completely outlawed in the United States, Mr. King's blatant disrespect of Federal law against interstate dog fighting activities providing for felony level penalties, is nothing less than appalling.

"Dog fighters are violent criminals that engage in a whole host of peripheral criminal activities. Many are heavily involved in organized crime, racketeering, drug distribution, or gangs, and they arrange and attend the fights as a forum for gambling and drug trafficking. Within the last decade, enlightened law enforcement agencies and government officials have become cognizant of the clandestine culture of dog-fighting and its nexus with other crimes and community violence". [1]

We depend on congressional leaders to vote on matters that affect the lives and well-being of people and animals; we also depend on them to educate the public and represent the people.  By his own words on video, Congressman Steve King has no regard for animal cruelty, the crime, the despicable background of the business or the connection of related community violence to these acts.  

We the petitioners respectfully request Congressman Steve King not be considered for reelection in 2018.

FACTS
Pit bulls are bred and live in inhumane conditions, the dogs have their ears and tails cruelly cropped by their owners. They are given drugs to entice them for fighting. 
Dogs are not the only animals that suffer in this cycle of cruelty, the dogs are given Bait where smaller Live Animals are tied up while the dogs tear them apart or sometimes they are confined in an area to be chased and mauled by the dogs while attacked and killed. 

"Although dog fights are not usually to the death, many dogs succumb to their injuries later, If the losing dog is perceived to be a particular embarrassment to the reputation or status of its owner, it may be executed in a particularly brutal fashion as part of the “entertainment.” [5]

References:
[1] Animal Law

[2] Washington Post
King, whose legislative history regarding animal welfare is poster material for cruelty (and dunderheadedness)

[3] King's contribution to Not helpling Animals

[4]  Marc Bekoff Ph.D
King is alleged to be a long time advocate of legalizing dog fighting and cock fighting.

[5] ASPCA

[6] Des Moines Register



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