raymiew (raymiew) wrote in boston_buddies,

Dogfighting Speech

I thought I would share a portion of Senator Byrd's recent speech on dogfighting.  The delivery suffered due to his increasing limitations, but the written speech was incredible.  I don't agree with him on much anymore, but this is one speech I am proud my Senator gave.  The entire written speech can be found here, and the video is on YouTube I think.


Mr. President, as a dog owner and a dog lover, I cannot even begin to understand how
human beings can be so cruel to man’s best friend. Over the centuries, these creatures of
God have made a place in our hearts as well as our homes. Dogs have endured as our
devoted companions, which provide important emotional support to humans. Studies have
shown that the mere petting of these social creatures can lower blood pressure in humans.

The affection that a dog provides is unlimited, unqualified, and unconditional. Ever the
loyal companion, dogs protect us, assist those of us with afflictions, and provide hours of
enjoyable companionship.

Therefore, I take great satisfaction in knowing that if the people allegedly involved in this
outrageous business are found guilty, they will have to answer to our judicial system,
especially now that Congress has made it a federal crime to engage in dogfighting.

God made man caretaker of the earth. God gave man the responsibility of tending to the
natural world with dominion over animal life. We honor God when we treat all of His
creatures responsibly and with decency and respect. The Scripture ( Proverbs ) tells us:
"A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are

The immortal Dante tells us that Divine Justice reserves special places in hell for certain
categories of sinners. I am confident that the hottest places in hell are reserved for the
souls of sick and brutal people who hold God’s creatures in such brutal and cruel

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