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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Cynthia W. Wright

Please this vile activity once and for all time!

Cynthia W. Wright

I meant to say, "please HALT this vile activity once and for all time". But you knew that.

Laurie Armer

I agree.....torture and abuse the humans that do this. It's probably the only way they will feel ANYTHING!!! The human species is NOT the self-proclaimed species and it is the human race that needs culling!!! IN FACT, it is in the U.S. that there is a mini-StoneHenge erected with writings in all languages, that states it's mission to save the planet from us, is to cull the human population to an extremely lower number. It is the ONLY waya to save this planet and the truly-deserving life forms within it......the animals.

Rose Mayfield

What's it gonna take for everybody to wake up & do something about these 2 problems with our pets?!! Just cuz you don't see it doesn't mean it's not happening. I'm sick to death of these problems continueing & these scums getting away with it. They get free money on the suffering of these pets. God depends on us to take care of these problems, too. He sent them here as companionship for us!! Email your Congressman, Senators, Governors whoever's in office & let them know they need to get this taken care of.

Mike Mann


Robert Waltermi...

These so called people should not be put in jail, they should be put to death, so they stop killing animals for Fun!!

Barbara Straughn

PLEASE - if this misery and torment is allowed to continue - ask yourselves just how civilised we really are? There should not even be a necessity for a petition in this enlightened age. Yes they do feel FEAR PAIN and SUFFERING and yes they are capable of love and affection!!! Please support this petition. Thank you very much.

Terry White-Lee

Dog fighting is barberic and without question inhumane. I have one bumper sticker on my car "Death Penalty for Animal Abuse" my new Motto !!!!!!

Linda Long

what is wrong with humans, for gods sake stop this inhumane torture act. Punish those bastards to the fulles, anyone that mistreats an human should be punished the same way as if it was a human, In fact worse, because these animals have NO VOICE TO YELL FOR HELP like a human. in fact we need less humans on this world and more animals. you don't see animals killing each other off, like humans with their guns so you have any brains and compassion save these poor helpless animals. why don't you sit in a dark dungeon for a yr see how you like!!!!!!!!!!

Lorraine Grassley

This issue needs to be settled NOW! This is an inhuman practice and people who watch and take children to watch need severe consequences!