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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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lau

Muy buena noticia!!! Lo difícil es aprobarla por primera vez en alguna ciudad o país... después se irá expandiendo! Bien por los perros y los animales!

Michaela

What we can push for now would be an Animal Support System (much like child support) anyone covicted of abuse, rape, fighting, neglect ect. would be on an animal abuse list and for a number of years apointed by the states court, pay for animal support. This would pay for the housing, medical, education, food, legal, and anything else that animal would need. This would help cut back on taxes, and create revenue for so many things like swat teams as well.

IrmaLuz

Thank God they deserve better in this harsh world we live in.

Lexi

Great, dog fighting also brings a whole lot of illegal activities such as burglaries to steal family pets. Time for this government to work on prevention, is known that people who commit acts of animal cruelty tend to become child abusers or even serial killers, that's is why there should be a registry and these people should be thrown in jail. Animal abusers should not be allowed around children, just like sex offenders. A lot of sweet animals and a lot of human lives could be saved if animal abusers were treated for what they are, a danger to society.

Lindsay M

So happy to hear this...anyone who watches is just as guilty!

Animal fighting disgusts me!

Elaine

I am happy to hear this news and so proud of the work of the ASPC. Thank God we have these unselfish, brave people working on this. I know so much of this in the field work is dangerous. Thanks again, Elaine

patricia

they did something right !!!!!!!! yea

Melissa

Anyone know when this will go into effect?

Cassandra Chestnut

I agree!

Angie Willingham

GOOD!!!!!!! It's a step in the right direction for sure however I believe the punishment should be a lot more harsh. As a matter of fact, I think both spectators and participants should be thrown in a make shift ring against their will with lions and tigers, with no way out and fight for their lives. Anyone who supports this type of cruelty in any way should burn in hell.

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