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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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Thank you Ma representative for taking action against this cruel action humans take on animals. Now others, like my state NH need to follow suit. End animal cruelty forever that includes dog fighting and puppy mills. Time to treat the offender's like they treat the animals they harm. That would put an end to many cruel offenses.

Alice Buczek

It shouldn't take so long for Congress to pass an important bill as this. The animals can't speak for themselves and it take people to do that. Fining or jail time for those who attend these fights is good thing and bringing children to these fights just desentizes the next generation. The problem just continues. Keep up all your hard work to help these precious animals. Alice Buczek

Debra Holloway

Please stop this disgusting, inhumane torturous activity. These animals deserve better from us and did nothing to deserve this treatment. They only want to please their human.

Marjorie Barton

I know it is rampant in Hawaii especially the Big Island and nobody does anything about it. This is cruel. Nobody stops it
All animal fighting should be stopped and all animal cruelty.

kristi

Why do they let these people pretty much get away with this shit.and always its the pitbulls fault?if u were beat,straved,etc..u would need to do what they wanted u to do tohoe

PAT

IF THIS BILL CAN'T PASS WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT WERE ELECTED????

Lynn Lawrence

Must be STOPPED and the people who do PROSECUTED to the fullest!!!

crayolabud

I'd like to know why this is still an issue. We have the intelligence to invent computers, medical advancements and yet we still have barbarions enjoying the act of watching loving creatures being tortured. What is wrong with them? I'd like to see our local governments more active in this fight.

Talk to the children and ask them to be protectors of animals by letting the school know. Children are smart and sensitive to bullies.

Leaders of this féree and great nation, please listen to your conscience and hear our cries (animal fighting, laboratories puppy mills, entertainment) to STOP animal abuse of all kinds today.

crayolabud

I'd like to know why this is still an issue. We have the intelligence to invent computers, medical advancements and yet we still have barbarions enjoying the act of watching loving creatures being tortured. What is wrong with them? I'd like to see our local governments more active in this fight. Maybe visit the schools and talk to the children about this horrific act.

Leaders of this féree and great nation, please listen to your conscience and hear our cries (animal fighting, laboratories puppy mills, entertainment) to STOP animal abuse of all kinds today.

Kim

No bill there should be a law

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