Fifth Dist. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx was given a platform to speak and be admired at the local Watauga County Fur Ball last night in Boone, this despite the fact that the Madam was one of only 39 members of Congress who voted against the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act last year, legislation enthusiastically endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States, the parent organization of the local animal protection group. The law was overwhelmingly approved by both houses of Congress and signed into law by George W. Bush.
" 'Animal fighting is a barbaric and inhumane practice, and it is fitting and appropriate that we now have a national policy condemning and criminalizing this form of organized animal cruelty,' states Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, which has led the national battle against animal fighting and been the primary advocate for this federal legislation."
Only Foxx and Robin Hayes, of the North Carolina Congressional delegation, voted against the legislation.
If the United States is freer today of cock and dogfighting operations, it's not Madam Foxx's fault, and her vote is either irrelevant or unknown to the partiers at the Fur Ball.