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The Senate Goes to the Dogs: Two Important Bills Passed!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 11:15am
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Guest blog by Andrew Binovi, ASPCA Federal Legislative Manager

With all the political gridlock in Washington D.C., it seems that Congress has nearly ground to a complete halt. So it was very exciting late yesterday when the U.S. Senate considered two important measures to help animals in need!

First, the Senate took up the cause of canine heroes who have served in our military and passed a provision that streamlines the adoption process for retired military dogs and authorizes the Department of Defense to provide veterinary care in the animals’ retirement without any cost to American taxpayers. Military dogs perform dangerous, critical tasks, and it is our duty to honor these dogs and ensure they are cared for after their service is complete. The House passed similar language in their version of the military bill earlier this year.

Then, just moments later, the Senate passed the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act by a unanimous voice vote. This bill, introduced by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), along with Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Scott Brown (R-MA), will give law enforcement additional tools to crack down on animal fighting. The legislation will make it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight and will impose additional penalties for taking minors to animal fights.

Take Action!
We are encouraged that in the twilight hours of this Congress, animals in need have not been forgotten by federal lawmakers. Our team has been working around the clock with members of Congress to ensure passage of both bills, but we still need your help. Please call your representative and ask him or her to support the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act in the House. Animals victimized in this grisly blood sport are in desperate need—and they are counting on us to get the job done!

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Teresa Stogsdill

that's good news

sandy

Please stop animal fighting. It is a disgrace. Shame on people who do this.

Rada Milicevic

Thank you for passing these two new laws, please keep working and passing more laws that are tools law enforcement and we the people to fight against animal abuse. And thank you for remembering about the military dogs that have served you and the people of this wonderful country.

Chris O

To whom it may concern:
I visited the
Advocacy Center > Elected Officials-New York (10462) > Write Your Elected Officials

The officials listed were not updated as of the last election.
For example Naomi Rivera is no longer the Assembly rep for my area.

Lin Chambers

I'm calling my Congressional Rep right now and asking him/her to support the passages of these two important laws. You can too!!

Just call them - just do it!!!

Vanessa

Thank god that the government is taking action to take care of our animals!!!! :D

Kari Presley

2 HUGE WINS!! This in incredible news! Finally stiffer penalties for dog fighting...for all parties involved! I am soooo happy!

Hildegard Martine

PLEASE PUT THE WOLFS BACK ONTO THE ENDANGERED LIST BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING MURDERED ON A DAILY BASIS, SOMETHING GOVERNORS WILL NOT ADMIT OTHERWISE THEY WOULD HAVE STOPPED THE KILLING A LONG TIME AGO. PLEASE HELP THEM, WE ARE THE VOICE FOR THEM.
ALSO THE DOG FIGHTS IS SOMETHING SO TERRIBLE CRUEL, WHICH HAVE TO BE FORBIDDEN.
THEN WE HAVE THE PUPPY MILLS, THOSE DOGS IN THERE SUFFER TERRIBLE, THEY USE THEM ONLY AS BREEDING MACHINES, NOTHING ELSE, THOSE POOR THINGS LOOK TERRIBLE NEGLECTED.
WE NEED A MORE STRICTER LAW FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY. IN FLORIDA THEY FOUND A PLACE WHERE THERE ARE INHUMAN TORTURING WITH THE ANIMALS. THOSE PEOPLE HAVE TO GO TO JAIL FOR A LONG TIME, BECAUSE THEY ARE DANGEROUS EVEN FOR OUR SOCIETY.
tHANK YOU FOR READING MY LETTER. BUT I AM SHARING ON A DAILY BASIS THE MOST TERRIBLE CLUELEST PHOTOS WHAT HUMANS ARE DOING TO OUR ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY ALSO OUR WOLFS WHO ARE BEING TRAPPED UNDER MOST GRUESOME CIRCUMSTANCES, THOSE PEOPLE FEEL NOTHING FOR THE POOR ANIMAL. Hildegard Martine

Aaron

It's a dog. We don't need to honor it. How about we start "honoring" our fighting men and women by not sending them to fight pointless wars?

Sarah

Now if we can only get the BSL to stop!! If they are willing to pass bills regarding not attending fights lets go for stopping profiling against specific breeds. Singling out dog breeds that are and aren't allowed in certain areas needs to stop!

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