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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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cindy polcyn

this is not a sport. it is animal cruelty. those who do this to animals need to be severely punished ,pay to have the animals taken care of and those who think this is a sport should be arrested for watching and if they brig children child abuse charges also. these people do need to be educated. if you are capapble of doing this to animals, the next step for some of them is to hurt a person.

Tori

People who abuse any animals need to be punished and punished so badly that they will think twice beofre they even think of abusing another animas, we need more peole to fing for these innocent creatures of God.

TORI

WE NEED MORE PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR INNOCENT CREATURE OF GOD. GOD DID NOT PUT THESE CREATURE ON HIS EARTH FOR HEARTLESS/SOULESS HUMANS TO ABUSE.

Barbara Ottenio

Let me keep you in a cage without food and not see the light of day and then tell me how you feel....

tammy d.

it is so sick and disturbing. how anyone could know anything about this is disgusting.these so called people should be locked up forever.

Virginia

If they would only lift the ban on ownership of Pit Bulls in the many states and counties of our country people would see it is not the dog's nature to be mean, it is the people who raise them.

jaime

I believe there should be strict penalties for first timers who commit animal abuse or neglect, including jail time, seriously it just may make others stop and think and change their minds, unless they don't mind one bit of being incarcerated

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