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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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CheChe

There will be a heck of a lot of Latino's and blacks in Federal prison. For some reason, they both love watching animals maul each other. Terrible

Sandi

Unfortunately, thats problem #2.. and i don't want to spend more of my tax dollars to pay for free ride of jailed criminals. I'd rather pay the salary of law enforced mandatory "work-alongsidewith tireless volunteers"-program to give back and to educate the ignorant. ASPCA needs all the help they can get, and society need no more repeat offenders!

Scott T

So BE IT, that is where they should be until the day they die!

truth

blacks and latinos huh aint this about a bi$% go to barnes and nobles and get a dog fighting book all you will see is WHITE MEN AND WOMEN. years ago it was your past time politicians and poor white trash were all involved. you created the problem like with everything else now you want to blame minorities. White people your time is coming sooner than later. Anything you cant tax you want to put laws on. Now that its come to light that its big money and minorities are involved its a problem. The aspca are nothing but crooked ass hustlers out for money make no mistake everybody is not blind. We cant even pass a bill this steep on human life now we are passing bills for a shit eating animal that other countries tend to heat. Why are there not laws when white people kill horses that cant win them money anymore or greyhounds you people are so predictable and crooked.

truth

And you can call me racist or except the truth either way just know everybody is not stupid and following your bs agenda. Obama could be a better president but he follows an agenda (puppet) how the f are we passing bills for animals and we cant stop racist a## punk white men in florida from killing young black men. Great country with priorities in order huh...whats crazy is ive seen posts were people have been wrongfully charged for owning pitbulls ...didnt get caught doing anything but charged with intent ...under that post all you wierdos come out calling the accused person everything uder the sun ..next to that post is a post about a child getting raped ..you wierdos will post comments for daze for the animal and the child that got raped will have two comments. what kind of world have we become..f wierdos...animal abuse isnt right but im sorry its top ten on our priority list...and again WHITE PEOPLE HOLD YOUR ANCESTORS ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEY STARTED JUST LIKE THEY BOUGHT DRUGS INTO THE COUNTRY THEY ALSO STARTED DOG FIGHTING...ENOUGH OF THE BS ALREADY...IM OUT THE TRUTH HAS SPOKEN DAMMIT

truth

CORRECTION I MEANT DAYS ...AND ITS NOT TOP TEN ON OUR PRIORITY LIST...AND THESE POSTS ARE REALLY IN RESPONSE TO THE JERK WHO SAID ALOT OF LATINOS AND BLACKS WILL GET LOCKED UP YEAH WE KNOW THAT AND ALL THE WHITE MEN WILL GET A SLAP ON THE WRIST AS USUAL BECAUSE THERE ALSO OUT HERE DOING TO.

truth

CORRECTION I MEANT DAYS ...AND ITS NOT TOP TEN ON OUR PRIORITY LIST...AND THESE POSTS ARE REALLY IN RESPONSE TO THE JERK WHO SAID ALOT OF LATINOS AND BLACKS WILL GET LOCKED UP YEAH WE KNOW THAT AND ALL THE WHITE MEN WILL GET A SLAP ON THE WRIST AS USUAL BECAUSE THERE ALSO OUT HERE DOING TO.

nanci00

Please list the names of those politicians who voted AGAINST this Act? THANKS, we voters NEED to know and tell our friends!

Laurie

I so agree with you Heidi.....I'm so sick of these ignorant human beings fighting these dogs.

Ed Howad

For a list of the votes, go to www.senate.gov/legislativeactions, choose votes and then look up roll call tables and find H.R.2642.

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