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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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Debbie Robidoux

What is wrong with people! Don't they realize that these animals feel pain? I wish someone could induce some pain on the people who fight dogs and support dog fighting so they can see what it feels like. The penalty for dog fighting needs to be more strict or make it a felony offence with a larger fine.

Hilda VonGerichten

Stop this horrible treatment of animals-what if it was reversed????

Esther McDermott

Please help us help them!

carol Scofield

It's 2013 for pete sake let's stop this cruelty once and for all!

Rachel Ng

I am very sad and upset indeed that there is such a so-called 'sport' called Animal Fighting!!!!!!!!!! This should NOT be happening and NEEDS to STOP RIGHT THIS MOMENT!!!!!!! I am begging to please Help ALL Animals in these situations. PUT a STOP to such non-sense and put those who have harmed any Animals (including anyone who was involved in any ways such as capturing the Animals) to jail and give them their well-deserved Punishment!!!!!! JUSTICE Will be brought to those nasty people!!!!!!! Please legislate Many More Laws that Protect the Precious ANIMALS!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP SAVE THE ANIMALS.

Donna Hanneken

WHY DOES IT TAKE SUCH A LONG TIME TO STOP SOMETHING THIS HORRIFIC? THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN A DONE DEAL A LONG TIME AGO!

Debbie

Anybody that is involved in animals fighting should be put in the ring with a murderer or gangbanger.let them know what it feels like. heck, make it pay-per-view. Leave our loving companions alone!
Just, as a bull fighter should have to fight the bull, without the bull being speared prior to the fight. A bit of their own medicine so to speak.

Maria slati

It's about time! Many thanks to those representatives in Congress who took the time to focus on these atrocities to make them a law. I will hope and pray this goes through and becomes law.

Denise McClain

All those involved with dog fighting need to be slammed with as many laws and as much jail time as humanly possible! The reality is, if someone can hurt an animal or allow animal to be hurt, that same person can just as easily hurt a child with the same total lack of remorse!

Charlotte R. Wolfe

Just to see the dog posted for this is sad. The poor baby looks sad, scared and unmoved. Please keep trying to end this cruelty.
Thank you for caring.

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