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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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DLB

Such an intelligent response. MORON!

truth

you would execute people who poison dogs or you think fight dogs ...but would you go and post and support under an article about young black males getting slaughtered in america u fucking wierdos

lisa

I agree! I have tried to imagine sitting in a dank room surrounded by bloody walls the cries of injured scared animals and cheers from onlookers and I just can't get my head around the type of person that could get enjoyment from this. Whether it's dog fighting or cock fighting, it's unfathomable. I just don't understand it. To think that many of these people are raising children terrifies me. I can't think about it too long. It fills me with both, rage and overwhelming sadness.

N Petersen

What goes around comes around. These people will answer for their transgressions against the innocent...........

Why they are evil is yet another mystery to be solved. Such a sad thing that these loving creatures have to suffer because of the mentally deranged "SO CALLED HUMAN BEING". They must have all suffered abuse in their early childhood to be able to hurt a defenseless animal. God help them.

Mike

Hell no, get out

Heidi

This is great its true these people deserve to be punished severely, they need real jail time personally I would kill them all they dont deserve to live. Anyone who promotes or watches dog fighting is cruel and inhuman, totally heartless and does not deserve to live.

Laura Seeley

Heidi, I couldn't have said it better.

jovonneb

I agree, all human life is not sacred. Some act worse than the animals!

Scott T

I will help you with any you find….. we do NOT need their DNA in the human pool.

Jody

I agree with you 100% Heidi

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