Well, it looks as though Congress is headed home for summer recess without passing a farm bill. No word yet on whether the King Amendment remains intact.
Unless you’ve had no exposure to the news, then you know this is the guy that said that Hispanic immigrants are usually coming into the country to smuggle drugs, and they have calves the size of cantaloupes. Yeah, he’s got class alright.
But it isn’t just Hispanics he seems to detest. He’s got it out for animals too.
In case you aren’t familiar with Iowa Representative Steve King’s stance on animals, I thought I’d share a few tidbits with you today.’
In 2012, King voted against an amendment that would make it illegal to watch animal fighting or to entice someone else to watch. When asked about his vote, he said, “On the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says 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. There’s something wrong with Wayne Pacelle and the Humane Society of the United States way of thinking like that.”
In 2011, he voted against an amendment that would have repealed provisions of existing law that prohibit the United States Fish and Wildlife Service from using appropriated funds to designate a species or habitat as endangered or threatened.
In 2009, King Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros.
In 2007, he voted against a federal law upgrade against animal fighting.
He voted against the Horse Slaughter Prohibition Bill of 2006.
In 2005, he voted YES on deauthorizing “critical habitat” for endangered species.
King’s score with the League of Conservation Voters is 5%. I’m sure his denial of climate change has something to do with that.
King’s score with the Humane Society Legislative Fund is 0%, not surprisingly.
Defenders of Wildlife rate him at 3%.
Isn’t it funny how one man seems to wield so much power in determining how animals are to be treated?
That’s why we need all of you to get ready to fight for us when Congress reconvenes. The Farm Bill will be buried under the fight for a budget, so we must be diligent to ensure this amendment is not in that bill!