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Thank you Senator Byrd

Posted by spiritual_gardner (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 21, 07 at 9:23

Politics aside (because there are some things this Senator has done that I don't agree with), Sentaor Byrd is to be congratulated by all animal lovers everywhere for his elloquant speech he gave 7/19/07 in the Senate chamber. I am going to call and perhaps send a card of thanks to him for putting into words how so many feel. Following is a copy of the article and speech as that appeared in the Washington Post:

Allegations of a vicious dog fighting ring promoted an unusually emotional speech in the Capitol yesterday, as the Senates longest-serving member fought tears and called for Gods judgment on those who promote such activities.

"Barbaric," Sen. Robert C. Byrd )D-W.VA) shouted four times in a Senate chamber that was mostly empty except for two dozen somewhat startled tourists.

"Let that word resound from hill to hill and from mountain to mountain, from valley to valley across this broad land," he thundered, raising his right hand. "May God help those poor souls who would be so cruel. Barbaric! Hear me!"

Federal agents have charged Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and three others with procuring and training pit bulls for fighting in Virginia and elsewhere. Investigators say some losing dogs died in the pit or were later electrocuted, drowned, hanged or shot.

Byrd, 89, said he would not prejudge the mens guilt or innocence, but he left no doubts about his sentiments.

"I am confident that the hottest places in hell are reserved for the souls of sick and brutal people who hold Gods creatures in such brutal and cruel contempt," he said.

"One if left wondering," he said. Who are the real animals: the creatures inside or outside the ring?"

When he finished, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D.Mass.), who sometimes brings his Portuguese water dogs to work, said: "Great speech, Bob." As Byrd left the chamber, a Senate page and television reporter shook his hand and thanked him, and the young woman had her photo taken with him.

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RE: Thank you Senator Byrd

"I am confident that the hottest places in hell are reserved for the souls of sick and brutal people who hold Gods creatures in such brutal and cruel contempt," he said.

Amen, Senator. God Bless you.

RE: Thank you Senator Byrd

His speech was featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he shouts "barbaric!" over and over. I didn't see the whole speech just the clips which were rather amusing.

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