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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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Tucker

THIS NEEDS TO STOP ONCE AND FOR ALL!!
IT IS DISTURBING,SICK AND NEEDS TO GET
SERIOUS NOW!! COME ON!!

TOUGHER LAWS!! TOUGHER JUDGES!! TOUGHER JAIL TIME AND PUNISHMENTS!!

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!

Rita Milburn

These are some of the sickest people on this earth, the animal abusers. And to fight dogs in the name of entertainment? I guess you can't fix stupid or ignorant. You probably also can't give heartless S.O.B.'s a heart! Give them "an eye for an eye" type punishment!

Debra Trader

Eliminating dog fighting may bring down the numbers of people breeding the Pitbull. l ive in a dogfighting area. I know how many are out there! They run these streets. Stiffen ALL animal abuse laws/penalties.

Mark

Why do we even need to ask our "officials" in Congress to do what is not only humane, but should have been done over 100 years ago!?

John

Instead of making laws tuffer for taking your kids to dog fights why in the hell do they let the dog fighting go on..????

Elizabeth Wardle

It is inconceivable that someone would gain pleasure, or find intertaining this kind of cruel and inhumane torture of innocent animals. The research shows that serial killers get started by torturing animals. It isn't a sport! It is sick and twisted depravity. There needs to be a clear message to anyone causing such harm....you will go to prison, and you won't come out! And that law needs to be enforced to the letter, no exceptions!

Linda Stephens

It is a terrible crime and any person involved should be in prison and pay heavy fines for their actions. Animals have feelings and are very smart. They can do things humans cannot, they cannot speak however and live to make their moms and dads happy. Every animal including chikens should be stopped. How Michael Vick is back in the NFL and making money playing a game is a crime as well. He should still be in prison with the size of his gaming circle. STOP IT NOW!

Rescie

I have loved and been loved by four wonderful pitbulls. They were the gentliest, sweetest, most loyal buddies anyone could imagine. The idea of making these magnificant beasts fight each other is beyond evil. They just want to be with you, to lean on you, to try and give you kisses and to protect you. The punishment for making these marvelous animal fight should fit the crime. I would love to see years in jail and huge fines with the fines used to rehabilitate the animals that were treated so badly. Please see that something is done and done now.

Jaime Perez

What is wrong with people anyway? There should never even have been dog fighting in this world to start with. Humans can be so sick and deranged when it comes to animals. They deserve respect and protection. They should never be used for profit or cruel entertainment. Dog fighters and spectators need to be punished and beaten severely!!! Stop all dog fighting NOW!!

Estelle Silverstein

What is this debate?? Animal fighting needs to be outlawed!! Are we waiting for attendance to trickle down to stop it. That will never happen!!! It needs to be outlawed.

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