U.S. House Renews Efforts to Combat Animal Fighting

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:00pm

Great news, animal advocates! Yesterday U.S. Reps. Tom Marino (R-PA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Campbell (R-CA) and Jim Moran (D-VA) reintroduced the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, an ASPCA-supported bill to strengthen our federal laws against animal fighting.

While it’s already a federal crime to actively participate in an animal fight, it’s the spectators who drive the enterprise and make it profitable. This bill would make it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight and impose additional penalties for bringing a child to a fight.

The Senate passed this bill in the previous Congress, but even with over half the House in support, Congress was unable to pass a final bill. Reintroducing this bill in the early days of the new Congress gives us an opportunity to build on the momentum from the last Congress and help finally close the federal loophole for animal fighting spectators.

Ask your own House representative to support this important humane legislation! Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center right now to quickly email your U.S. rep in Washington and urge him or her to cosponsor the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.

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Brittany Morey

This should not still be an issue, put a stop to animal fighting!


its cruel, and just needs to stop

Amanda Kimmell

Please punish those who attend any kind of animal fighting.

Kristin Donnelly

Animal fighting is disgusting and everyone involved should be punished.

S Chaisson

Everyone involved, including spectators, should be held accountable.

Connie Thornberry

Please put an end to these horrific fights. Animals, all animals need and deserve our protection.

Cally Schoenhardt

It is about time.

Brian Dawley

Please sponsor this bill

Debbie Ellis

Please pass this bill


Action needs to be taken!