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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Jagdish Mittal

To stop animal fighting is urgent need of the day


Anybody who enjoys animal my opinion has mental issues. This people are a menace to society. We have enough trash to deal with in todays society. People that think that this is entertaining.....only God knows what else they think is entertaining. We need to get rid of them. Punishment should fit the crime. We should do to them what they do to the poor innocent animals. Justice should prevail.

Louis Cimino

Given our loathsome history of war, violence against each other, and especially against animals I am thoroughly ashamed and embarrased to me a member of the human race. I do not wish bad in anyone because of my Karma. But when I viewed the Peta video of Ringling Circs workers beating elephants, I prayed the elephants would stomp these pathetic humans to death.

Nikki Buckingham

As adults we must speak for those that can't speak for themselves. We must be the VOICE for children,the elderly and animals. Our humanity depends on it!!

Linda J

Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted as saying, “Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”


These people need to start paying for their actions. They need to enact alot stiffer penalties for animal abuse in any form!!!

Colleen Malone-Engel

And while they're at it, PLEASE let's get the booksellers ~ mainly AMAZON ~ to stop selling the books and videos that teach people how to do it!!!

E & L berger

Those who participate in animal fighting should be punished and exiled from normal socirty.




When are we, as a civilized society (sometimes I wonder), going to stop torturing animals??? This is absolute madness!! We are their voice, people!! We must keep our legislatures feet to the fire until they pass MEANINGFUL laws to protect animals AND those laws are enforced! Please do all you can to support wonderful non-profit orgs like ASPCA, Humane Society and so many others out there that fight every day for the protection of animals.