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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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Glynda Cone

We are headed in the right direction, I couldn't be happier that the military service dogs are getting protection they deserve and that stiff laws on dog fighting are to be in place. I hope all animals can get protection from any form of cruelty. We my need population control but you can't tell me it can't be done humanely. Some people enjoy cruelty and they are the ones that are dangerous to all living creatures, that's enclosing humans.

Candace Pankanin

The passing of these two laws is wonderful news. A lot of people have been working for the laws to protect animal rights for a very long time. I am relieved that two of those laws finally got into the hands and hearts of those who could make it a reality. Good job and Thank You. Lets not stop here. Keep the good news coming

Kudos to ASPCA and, for once, Congress for this action. Take the next step and contact your congressmen to urge them push it through. My gentle, loving, rescued boxer-pit mix and I thank you all!

Janel Draganjac

I have a lot to say,but, those people who get there kicks torturing animals should have the same thing done to them so they can see how it feels as THEIR punishment.

Karen

Awesome, glad to hear that this law passed. people should get the death penalty for fighting animals, that's just plain cruel! I love animals especially dogs!

Sandy

Does the passage of the bill mean that military working dogs are no longer classified as "military equipment" and will not be left where they are when the troops leave?

Nick McLain

Thank you so much, ASPCA, for the work you've done in lobbying to get these two bills passed. I've shared this link on my Facebook page and will try to continue to let people know about the good work you guys are doing. Thanks again.

Amanda Randall

I am so happy and moved to tears that theses laws past . It gives me hope that protection grows for animals every day ;0)

Wilda Connor

Please keep us appraised of who the politicians are who are animal friendly. These are the ones who I want to vote for! Also, inform us of those who are unfriendly so we don't make the mistake of a
voting for them.

Wilda Connor

Please keep us appraised of who the politicians are who are animal friendly. These are the ones who I want to vote for! Also, inform us of those who are unfriendly so we don't make the mistake of a
voting for them.

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