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Senate Votes to Criminalize Animal Fight Attendance

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 10:15am

Great news for animals nationwide! On June 21, the U.S. Senate took a huge step toward strengthening federal laws against animal fighting by approving the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which had been a stand-alone bill in the Senate (S. 1947), as part of that chamber’s version of the Farm Bill.

This humane measure would make it a federal offense to knowingly attend an organized animal fight and would impose additional penalties for bringing children to animal fights. Violators would face up to one year in prison for attending a fight, and up to three years in prison for bringing or causing a minor to attend.

While organized animal fighting is a federal crime and is illegal in all 50 states, the issue of spectators at these events has not been fully addressed on the federal level—and laws against spectatorship vary from state to state.

“This measure would help law enforcement by allowing them to pursue and punish the spectators who drive the market for animal fighting,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “Furthermore, children need protection from the spectacle of animal fighting, as well as its dangerous and illegal associated activities, including drugs, weapons and gambling.”

In order for the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act to become law, the U.S. House must add the same language it its version of the Farm Bill, which is still being crafted. The Farm Bill is expected to be finalized by the end of summer.

For more information on the ASPCA’s efforts to tackle animal fighting, please join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade.

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Brenda Tucker

This humane measure would make it a federal offense to knowingly attend an organized animal fight and would impose additional penalties for bringing children to animal fights. Violators would face up to one year in prison for attending a fight, and up to three years in prison for bringing or causing a minor to attend.

While organized animal fighting is a federal crime and is illegal in all 50 states, the issue of spectators at these events has not been fully addressed on the federal level—and laws against spectatorship vary from state to state.

“This measure would help law enforcement by allowing them to pursue and punish the spectators who drive the market for animal fighting,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “Furthermore, children need protection from the spectacle of animal fighting, as well as its dangerous and illegal associated activities, including drugs, weapons and gambling.”

In order for the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act to become law, the U.S. House must add the same language it its version of the Farm Bill, which is still being crafted. The Farm Bill is expected to be finalized this summer.

Max Thode

The goons responsible for the inhumane treatment of beautiful animals should be sentenced to the same fate they inflicted on the animal. Bad food, no food, heat, cold, dirty water, no water, etc. is not too bad for these jerks.

ant animallover

bout time

ant animallover

bout time

Kennedy

What should we do to those that bring this horrible cruelty to these dogs give them hugs? The fact of the matter is that we as humans are cruel. We are dark. We are capable of unspeakable things. These people need to be punished and they need to be punished well! They should feel the pain that they inflict on these helpless animals. I can wish this and go on to love others that do not do things like this. Wishing them to be punished is not going to wreck my soul.

gary odonnell

no child or minor should ever be subjected to this!
the fine money could be well used in animal care

Roz Gregor

THank God, THank God, Thank God --praying hard that the House will follow through!

And, Oh, well done! Very well done --

natercia furtado

i agree w u 100%!!!!!!!! thank u God!! we need to stand up & protect these poor helpess animals!!

Roz Gregor

THank God, THank God, Thank God --praying hard that the House will follow through!

And, Oh, well done! Very well done --

Laura

Could ASPCA provide a link in these advocacy articles so that readers might be sent directly to their Congressperson/Senator (as indicate by our zip code) to encourage their vote of support?

Thank you so very much for all that you do!

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