PETA Statement: PETA Adds Fuel to the Steve King Fire

For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Washington – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to the backlash that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is facing over his most recent racist statements about white supremacy:

U.S. Rep. Steve King has apparently never met an animal he wouldn’t delight in seeing hurt or dead. Although most people oppose killing companion dogs and cats for food and dogfighting is a bloody coward’s “sport” that’s illegal in all 50 states, King opposed a ban on slaughtering dogs and cats for human consumption and questioned why it was “a federal crime to watch animals fight.” He is the antithesis of another King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who set a standard for conduct and thoughtfulness when he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind