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Monday Maul: Ask Iowa Rep. Steve King to Explain Dogfighting Appreciation

Vin Paneccasio

Iowa Rep. Steve King recently expressed his support for dogfighting and for those who seek financial and spiritual reward through the enslavement, exploitation, torture, and murder of other species. In response, the following letter has been sent to Iowa Department of Education Director Dr. Jason Glass and members of the Iowa Board of Education.

Dr. Glass, et al.,

As you know, we are living in violent and bloody times, and we have been for a while. Students who were entering Iowa’s public schools when gunfire rang out in Littleton, Colorado, are now leaving the system with news of bloodletting in Sanford, Florida, Aurora, Colorado, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, competing for airtime on the cable-news networks.

Clearly, human life isn’t worth the price of admission in some circles, which unfortunately means that the lives of other species are widely considered expendable at best. Any public-school educator or administrator with half a hope for a less violent and more compassionate tomorrow would embrace an opportunity to cultivate enlightened values and weed-out the born and future psychopaths among us.

Plenty has been written about animal cruelty being an indicator of future violence toward our own species. And while I think such findings callously assume that the lives of other species are less precious than those of our own, folks in your positions would be wise to consider those indicators as you watch younger minds develop.

The optimist in me hopes that students in your charge were encouraged to express to one another, and to their school communities, whatever visceral reactions they had to the news that Michael Vick sought spiritual and financial reward through the brutal enslavement, exploitation, torture, and murder of man’s best friends.

Had Vick visited his bloodthirst on schoolchildren, you and I know that he’d be on death row right now (where he belongs), instead of making millions for himself and a hero of himself with the help of so many soulless apologists.

Those who have forgiven Vick’s bloodthirsty transgressions have accepted the assumption that other species’ lives are less precious than ours. And those who believe that watching a dogfight is as acceptable as watching a football game are betraying an unconscionable and twisted appreciation for the brutal enslavement, exploitation, torture, and murder of man’s best friends.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who represents your state’s Fifth Congressional District, shares that appreciation.

In a recent report for, Scott Keyes wrote, “During a tele-townhall (in July), 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.’”

Keyes also pointed out in his report that “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.”

You have an opportunity here to educate the students in your charge about the kinds of “animal torture” (to borrow Keyes’ words) Rep. King appreciates. And The Daily Maul would like to help Iowa’s public-school educators and administrators do just that.

Since Rep. King believes that children should be allowed to “watch animals fight,” I think we should show Iowa’s public-school students, or at least those who attend schools in the state’s Fifth Congressional District, footage of man’s best friends being enslaved, exploited, tortured, and murdered in dogfighting operations.

The Daily Maul hereby offers to sponsor a school-assembly- or town-hall-style forum in which students are shown dogfighting videos (of my choosing) and Rep. King explains and answers questions about why “it’s wrong to rate animals above human beings,” why watching a dogfight is no different than watching a football game, and why spiritual and financial rewards derived from the enslavement, exploitation, torture, and murder of animals should be accepted if not appreciated.

As a condition of my sponsorship, the above-mentioned forum, which The Daily Maul would broadcast live on the Internet, must take place in one of the Fifth Congressional District’s public schools before Election Day (November 6, 2012).

As part of my campaign to raise awareness of Rep. King’s acceptance of and appreciation for the enslavement, exploitation, torture, and murder of animals, The Daily Maul will soon announce a visual-art contest in which Iowa public-school students will be invited to submit works that communicate, from a canine point of view, that “Rep. Steve King is no friend of mine.”

For detailed information about The Daily Maul’s sponsorship offer and visual-art contest, please send e-mail to

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  1. Don wrote:

    Perhaps Rep King needs to find himself in a modern rendition of “The Most Dangerous Game” to try and gain a better understanding of the difference between consent and no-consent when entering into a life or death contest.

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink
  2. David Brensilver wrote:


    It would certainly take a profound experience for Rep. King to find enlightenment.


    Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink
  3. Don wrote:

    That being said, I am in no way advocating violence against Rep. King.

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink
  4. David Brensilver wrote:


    This much is understood.


    Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

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