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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Honestly why would people wanna support animal fighting. The animals have no voice in whether they wanna fight or not I think that Congress should pass the final bill think of all the harmless and innocent animals

Stephanie Bruhn

Please place as many restrictions as possible on the cruel act of dogfighting. This includes spectators and especially people who would bring children to something like that. No child should have to witness something like that, and I believe it is a form of child abuse (in addition to animal abuse). Thank you!

Brittany O'Connor

Support this legislation


Please support this!

PuiSee Chu

Please Stop it!! Thank you.

Jana L

Please stop animal fighting so much pain and suffering for human entertainment. So Inhumane and sad. Please please please!!


Cruelty should not be a spectator sport!

Erin H

ANYONE with any involvement in such heinous acts as dog fighting should face the ultimate consequences.

Susan Placek

This is 2013, if we allow people to be entertained by cruelty and by living creatures fighting each other to death, we will go back to the dark ages. No more animal fights, no more animal cruelty. Animals deserve respect, love and dignity, they feel pain and emotions just like we do and they are part of our world and living beings, just like we are.

Jennifer Sherman

This whole enterprise has to be stopped!!!