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Senate Passes Farm Bill; Makes Attending an Animal Fight a Federal Crime

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 3:15pm
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The U.S. Senate has just passed the Farm Bill, a huge piece of federal legislation that is renewed every five years. While many parts of the Farm Bill time out after five years, other included provisions are enrolled into U.S. law permanently—and this year, that includes a new measure that is going to be a game-changer in our efforts to end animal fighting.

Congress added crucial elements of the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act into the Farm Bill, making it a federal offense to knowingly attend an organized animal fight and imposing additional penalties for bringing a child to animal fights. Violators face up to one year in prison for attending a fight and up to three years in prison for bringing a child to a fight.

The House- and Senate-passed Farm Bill excludes the dangerous King Amendment.

The Farm Bill will now be transmitted to President Obama, who has indicated that he will sign it quickly.

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EarlGrayHot

Good! Anyone who thinks animal fighting is entertainment should be punished.

Matt

Agreed. Completely.

Anna Marie

I AGREE!!

Marilyn Schmidt

People take free pets from Craig's list for these fights. Lately, there have been dogs stolen weekly from people's yards and we don't know why. A guy was caught in the act of taking a dog while the owner was home. The dog was retuned 3 days later after a lot of media coverage and it was poisoned. So very sad!

Faith

I agree. Dogs don't want to fight!!!

Faith

I agree. Dogs don't want to fight!!!

MJ DeYoung

I would execute people like this guy who stole and poisoned the dog! Why is this guy's like worth anymore than an animals? What has he done to make the world a better place? If you think about it logically, the world would be a better place if you permanently removed people like this "guy" from our population.

Sheila K. Goree

You are so right. What kind of pathetic person does this kind of thing. God gave us animals to care for, not to abuse.

NancyMToone@jou...

my neighbor's step-sister makes $75 every hour on the internet . She has been fired from work for six months but last month her paycheck was $14165 just working on the internet for a few hours. Get the facts

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MJ DeYoung

eat shit!

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