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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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Sue

It is horrible, and it is wrong! That being said, those of us, and trust me there are alot of us! Must continue to work hard and eliminate animal abuse of all kinds!

Madhu

The viciousness and cruelty of subjecting these hapless animals to fight all for human pleasure and dollar. How can one enjoy watching two animals tear each other down.

Mary

The "humans" who participate to any degree in animal abuse would serve a better purpose to society when they ,by law,must dedicate their lives to serving the animAl populations , educating and advocating for,under strict and closley monitored programs, the damage done to society as a whole for their sadistic behavior. Their lives are spent living in a " kenel" with animals, eating from bowls the same food, defacAting in their "kennel" along side as well as cleaning out the kennel space. My bet is that a level of empathy would develop even in the most low down perps. Remember, this is a life sentence. Upon sentencing, a locating chip is placed in the brain making escape impossible. Do you think this would pass muster with the ACLU?

don

I'd like to know which congress-clowns would OPPOSE this legislation...they ought to be tarred and feathered!!!

Codruta Onaga

Wrong, wrong, wrong, stop this already! and penalize people for doing this !

Tania

I am appalled by such cruelty. This is inhumane. These animals are defenseless.. innocent creatures. Please, please stop these fights...

Erin

I agree with all of them on this whole thing

Nicholas LaPolla

Please without our protection animals will be abused we cannot turn a blind eye to this we must be the voice for these innocent beautiful beings

Diane

Just today one of my third grade students told me his uncle in Puerto Rico trains pit xzbulls for fighting.This little eight year old saw nothing wrong with this.

april lerma

Why do people feel the need to watch this type of cruelty and call it sport. If it were their childern would they still do it? I think anyone caught either dog fighting or watching it should be fined or better yet sent to jail. The long term affects that that does to an animal is simply unforgiveable.

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