Sunday, November 19, 2006

Republican Congressman Single-Handedly Blocking Popular Legislation Banning Animal Fighting

The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act has widespread support.

The bill, from Rep. Mark Green (R-WI) had 324 co-sponsors in the House. It unanimously passed the Senate. It has support from the National Sheriffs' Association, the National Chicken Council, American Veterinary Medical Association and the Humane Society of the United States.

The bill would make it a federal felony to transport cocks and dogs across state lines for the purpose of setting up fights, and possibly slow a sport that has an estimated 100,000 animals fighting each year. Even in these days of partisan bickering, this is one bill that should easily become law.

But it won't, because Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) says no.

Sensenbrenner, who for the next few weeks is the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, won't move the bill to the House floor for a vote. He said stopping cockfights and dogfights should be handled by local law enforcement.

Even FBI officials disagree with him. Often, FBI officials say, raids to stop animal fighting also lead to crackdowns on organized crime, illegal gambling, and animal cruelty.

But why let facts get in the way? Democrats remember Sensenbrenner well from the 2000 election cycle, when he distorted an actual statement by Al Gore, creating the conservative myth that Gore said he "invented the Internet." Sadly, this may be Sensenbrenner's biggest accomplishment as a Republican.

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Green's bill -- and Sensenbrenner's protest -- will die when the current Congress ends. When the new Democratic-controlled Congress takes over, the bill may be re-introduced, and if so, quickly passed.

7 Comments:

Anonymous ulysses said...

mustn't ... make ... obvious ... if ... crude ... joke ...

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Telly Savalas said...

Since they call the energy lobby Big Oil. I think it would be fair to say... that... Sensenbrenner is... beholden...to...


Deep breaths. Must show restraint.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous ulysses said...

Big Chicken. Yeah, that's it.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you libs going to post anything on the Murtha vote? I would like to know if he lied about having the votes or is it that he just cant count.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

how is that an example of conservative spin? unless you think it's spin that there is infighting amongt the Democrats.

are you concerned about the split among the republicans in the voting for minority whip? is the GOP falling apart?

I don't think so, and I'm guessing that's why the Murtha-Hoyer-Pelosi story isn't showing up here, either.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Murtha might really have believed that he had the votes, Anonymous. His colleagues may very well have promised Pelosi that they would vote for her choice, then turned around and voted for Steny Hoyer instead. With a secret ballot, they'll never know who lied to their faces.

With regard to Sensenbrenner, the only thing I can think of to explain his actions is that he is a very big "states' rights" advocate who is against expanding federal reach. Nothing else makes any sense. Who could be against cruelty to animals?

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

With a secret ballot, they'll never know who lied to their faces.
Or Murtha was spinning to the cameras.

With regard to Sensenbrenner, the only thing I can think of to explain his actions is that he is a very big "states' rights" advocate who is against expanding federal reach. Nothing else makes any sense. Who could be against cruelty to animals?

If that's the reason, and from what I know of Sensenbrenner, this is indeed likely the case, it's just not seeing the forest from the trees. Vote against it, but blocking this kind of thing? So people can say you like animal cruelty? It's short-sighted.

3:44 PM  

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