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Republican Congressman Gloats About Bill To Enable Animal Torture

Yep. Gotta stop those vegetarians from imposing their agenda on the rest of us good real Americans :-P

Republican Congressman Gloats About Bill To Enable Animal Torture

Representative Steve King (R-IA), who is the sponsor of an amendment to the House Farm Bill that is both astonishingly hypocritical and devastating to food safety laws that protect millions of Americans from illness, recently gave an interview to the Daily Caller to brag about what he had accomplished. The King Amendment would essentially prevent states from developing strong independent health, safety, and cruelty standards, even if local voters want them.

This isn’t an unintended consequence — King told the Daily Caller that his amendment “fixes the states and their political subdivisions regulating food production everywhere in America.” However, King might want to reconsider that position, as his amendment would legalize several horrific farming and food practices that some states have chosen to do away with:

  • Florida, Ohio, and seven other states have banned confining pregnant pigs in cages that prevent them from moving their limbs or walking in a circle. Pigs confined in so-called gestation crates are forced to defecate where they stand, exposed to serious risk of traumatic injury as a consequence of immobility, and develop sores as a consequence of attempting to move against or bite the bars the bars that confine them. They live their whole lives like this.
  • Seven states have banned similar confinement for baby calves. So-called veal creates are designed to atrophy muscles to improve the taste of meat, creating what the ASPCA calls“lives of agony and frustration” for the cows until they are slaughtered at four or five months.
  • Three states have banned tail-docking, wherein parts of cows tails are lopped off, occasionally without anesthetic. The American Veterinary Medical Association opposes tail docking as unnecessary and highly painful.
  • Maryland prohibits adding arsenic to chicken feed, which – besides the obvious problems – also spreads the poison into the surrounding soil.

King, though, brags that his legislation “wipes out everything they’ve [animal rights advocates] done with pork and veal.” Indeed, King has a long record of opposing animal welfare law — he has, for example, been Congress’ leading advocate against anti-dogfighting legislation. He also believes that the Humane Society and other animal rights advocates are attempting to ban “production agriculture” and has fantasized about exposing vegetarians with “an agenda for our diets” on the House floor.

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Small government my ass. Over and over they prove that their type of governing is not small, but incredibly involved in our personal health, and not in a good way. Monsanto and the rest are fucking all the carnivores, glad I gave that shit up. Organic farming is becoming a money maker for farmers, citizens do not want their meat tortured and vote that way, and this fucker is going to jam shit down your throat anyway.

Fuck him.

Now I have to slam the fuck everywhere, starting with his site.

Go Neal! It made me see red, too. This is not only disgusting on moral grounds towards the animals, (sentient beings, mammals, come on people! If someone did that to a dog, that person would be all over the internet as favorite villain, yet we do it to calves, baby cows for fuck's sake). It also threatens everyone's health, and the environment. 

Well I am a meat eater but I do not believe in the inhumane treatment of any domestic or wild animal. I hate factory style live stock production. I prefer my meat to come from animals that have at least had the chance to walk and run in paddocks then slaughtered at a a small through put abattoir when they are full grown to minimise stress. Full grown 5 years for cattle and 2 years plus for sheep (hogget and mutton).and pigs. As for veal grass fed is the only way. 

Monsanto is also poisoning  or --  as Neal would say fucking --  all those vegetarians that cannot afford to buy organic grown veggies and fruits! 

I can wager that he calls himself a xtian as well. Hypocrite!

I didn't know you veggies had an agenda and forcing everyone to become veggies!

The GOP lot have lost the plot totally!!

At first I stayed away from meat because of the numerous studies showing a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle healthier for you. Now I think the inhumane way we treat animals and how much over-consumption is polluting the planet are at least as important.

Well! From the studies that were carried out in Auss that I've read. Initially the seventh day adventist lifestyles were healthier than the average Aussie lifestyle but when the average Aussie changed their lifestyle so it was more active the studies showed that there was little differences in the two lifestyles. 

I am leery of of such studies because who requested and paid for the studies which can influence the outcomes of the studies!!

Personally I tend to eat more veggies than meat. When I was growing up on the wrong side of the tracks I was lucky to have one meal that had meat in it and breakfast mostly consisted of rolled oats porridge. Something I maintained even when I left home and got married.

These studies on diet were done over decades, there is no doubt. Small amounts of meat in your diet doesn't hurt, but over consumption and farming practices make it even worse. Go for the wild game if you can.

Maryland prohibits adding arsenic to chicken feed, which – besides the obvious problems – also spreads the poison into the surrounding soil and ground water as well.

vegetarians with “an agenda for our diets”

They do have an agenda, with entries on the thinning of Earth's resources and creeping world hunger.

Can't continue the way it is.

But you are infringing on their right to splurge and waste!!!

Since he thinks dogfighting is OK because we permit boxing matches or other types of fight between people, may I suggest to put Rep King in the ring with Neal? I'd love to watch.

People like this man make me ILL

GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting

 

If you believe that the United States should legalize dogfighting because we allow humans to fight, fear not. You’ve got an ally in the United States Congress.

 

During a tele-townhall late last week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) fielded a question about his opposition to animal rights and recently introduced legislation that would undermine local standards preventing animal torture. “It’s wrong to rate animals above human beings,” he told the questioner. To make his point, King argued that “there’s something wrong” for society to make it a “federal crime to watch animals fight” but “it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting.”

KING: 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.

Watch it:

 

 

King did not say whether it was also hypocritical that society allows people to get married yet not animals.

Of course, there is a very good reason we ban dogfighting and other similar forms of cruelty: animals don’t have a choice in the matter. Manny Pacquiao chooses to step into the ring. Michael Vick’s dogs did not. Similarly, when a human boxer loses a fight, he is not ritually executed after the fight. The same is not always true in dogfighting.

Unfortunately, King is a longtime advocate for legalizing dogfighting, cockfighting, and other forms of animal torture. Most recently, he fought legislation that would make it illegal to bring a child to an animal fight. He has also set aside his love for states’ rights in order to forbid localities from enacting anti-animal torture standards.

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