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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Everything about animal fighting is wrong and cruel.

carolyn bianco-...

please pass the bill now!

Jennifer Koval

Close the loophole that is allowing animal fighting spectators to NOT be prosecuted!!!

Valerie Truxillo

Stop animal fighting!

Lindsay Czerniak

Please help these animals!

Corinna Duncan

People that enjoy watching living creatures be tortured do not belong in our society! Please do what is right and be the voice for those that don't have one.

Britney Harstine

Stop animal cruelty!

Lu Scott

Just like accessories to murder charges, people that spectate, gamble, or support Dog Fight and the criminals that run should be prosecuted. Attacking this disgusting form of animal abuse from every aspect is the only way to end it FOREVER.

Beth Weber

Not only the perpetrators, but spectators should also be held accountable for these heinous crimes.

Janine sena

Stop dog fighting