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The Strangest Defense of Dogfighting You're Likely to Hear

In August 2012, Iowa Congressman Steve King argued that those who want to make dogfighting illegal have twisted priorities because boxing is legal. He continued, “When we elevate animals above that of humans, we’ve crossed a moral line. For example, if there’s a sexual predator out there who has impregnated a young girl – say, a 13-year-old girl [...] – that sexual predator could pick that girl up off the playground at the middle school, and haul her across the state line, and force her to get an abortion to eradicate the evidence of his crime, and bring her back and drop her off at the swing-set, and that’s not against the law in the United States of America.” Nearly every aspect of that scenario is actually against the law.
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