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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Lisa Summers


Linda Xiong

People should be penalize for allowing animals to fight--even the spectators.

Jen Personius

Stop this cruel abuse!

nancy pearson

we can't change evil, inhumane humans, but we can protect those whom they would abuse for their own sick/demented pleasures!!!

Kaleigh Mac

I'm against any kind of cruelty to any animal. Stop dog fighting and make it a bigger offense. It needs to stop!!

Maureen Manzene

Save these animals!

Alanna A

Animals are not meant to fight or be used as bait, they need a loving home and wonderful owners and they are set. Please stop this cruelty


Who's the REAL animal here.... help us to save them!


It is really sad to imagine anyone getting enjoyment from watching these animals fight and get hurt. It's just so sad and shows that our society is sick for wanting to witness something so horrific. These people should be locked up for 20 years to learn there lesson. And maybe while in jail we should require them to fight with whoever we lock them in a cell with while other inmates stand around cheering.

Claudia Christiansen

Its violence. Horrific bloody violence. Just stop it.