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Byrd on dogfighting: ‘Hear me! Barbaric!’

By Amanda Terkel  

"Byrd on dogfighting: ‘Hear me! Barbaric!’"

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Yesterday, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) took the floor of the Senate and argued passionately against dog fighting, a sick practice has recently been in the news in the wake of the indictment of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick on federal charges. “Barbaric!” Byrd shouted at least eight times, adding, “Let that word resound from hill to hill, and from mountain to mountain, from valley to valley, across this broad land. … May God help those poor souls who’d be so cruel.” Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/07/byrddogfightingbar.320.240.flv]

In April 2007, Byrd gave a speech to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the dangers of contaminated dog food, professing his adoration for his shih tzu, Baby. “She sleeps on my bed,” said Byrd. “She goes with me to the Senate, rides in the car with me. She stays in my office. When somebody comes into the office, she rises and comes over and greets them, goes on about her business and gets back on the couch.”

The Humane Society has more on Vick and dogfighting HERE.

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