ASPCA lobbyists have done it again! Last night, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that will make attending a dog fight or cockfight in New York State a misdemeanor offense. The law goes into effect in 30 days.
“Animal fighting is an extremely cruel, but lucrative, underground business," says Debora Bresch, an attorney and Senior Director of ASPCA Government Relations. “This new law will allow law enforcement to pursue and punish the spectators who drive the market for animal fighting, keeping it alive."
Animal fighting is a felony in all 50 states, and most activities relating to it—including training animals to fight and allowing one's property to be used for an animal fight—are also felonies in New York. But up until today, attending a fight was merely a violation punishable only by a small fine.
“Spectators who patronize these barbaric events in New York, cheering and placing bets while two animals fight to the death, deserve to be charged with a crime," adds Bresch.
Congratulations for seeing this bill through to the end, New York animal advocates!
For more information on the ASPCA’s efforts to tackle animal fighting, please visit our Blood Sports Section.
Love is in the air—and it's time to plan that special date! Here are our top picks for cruelty-free outings that are sure to get those sparks flying.
Skip the circus and head to a movie! Unlike animals under the Big Top, movie actors aren't forced to do anything cruel or unnatural. Besides, there’s nothing more romantic than holding hands and stealing a few kisses under the Big Screen. (Word of warning: skip the popcorn; kernels get caught in your teeth.)
Forgo the horse-drawn carriage and opt for a bike ride. Instead of making an overworked horse carry you through congested streets, take a cruise on a bicycle built for two. After all, what could be more fun than a relaxing tandem bike ride? Pack a picnic lunch and go for pedaling adventure.
Instead of window shopping for puppies, volunteer at your local shelter. Many couples find picking out a new puppy together romantic. But before you take your date window shopping, remember that virtually all puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. Why not head to a shelter instead? You’re sure to get warm fuzzies spending the day volunteering with your date—and you might not leave empty-handed.