Over his four decades in Congress, U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) has offended Americans with his disrespect of immigrants, welfare recipients, gay people and - perhaps most consistently - animals. He's given his express approval for hunting rare polar bears, bragged about eating whale meat, and even, in a show of bizarre political maneuvering, waved a walrus penis bone on the House floor.
The most senior Republican Representative in the House, Young has long been entangled with legislation that affects animals - and has been described as patently "anti-animal" in the past. Here are eight ways that Young has earned his spot as Congress' resident animal villain:
1. Making it even easier to traffic ivory.