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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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Tiffany Buchs

This needs to stop & consequences should be severe!

Stephanie Matlock

There is so much animal abuse in the world! It has to stop and stop right now!

Debbie Figueroa

Please stop this horrific violent behavior! There have to be very strong consequences or these animals will never stop!! These poor sweet babies can't protect themselves!!

Amy Wilson

Please stop the abuse!

Michele

I don't understand why people enjoy this. I also can't believe this is even an issue. It should already be outlawed. Shame on us as for this act of cruelty. Just stop.

Shirley Paulsen

Please pass this bill!

JODY BURCH RIALS

THIS DOG FIGHTING IS A DISGRACE! IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED....DOGS WERE PUT HERE BY GOD FOR US TO LOVE....NOT TO FIGHT THEM UNTIL ONE DIES TO MAKE MONEY. PLEASE TAKE ACTION TO STOP ANIMAL FIGHTING.<3

Amanda

Animals of any kind at all should not be used for human amusement. We are on this planet to be the stewards of all living things, to care for them, love them, and allow them to live happy safe lives, just as we wish for ourselves. Just because they don't verbally speak, and can't make their own choices in this life doesn't mean they have no thoughts or feelings. We need to stop these horrible fights. Making money off another living things pain is a terrible life to lead.

Eileen Vega

Please we need to stop the dog fighting, abuse, neglect and all shelters that kill must be shut down.... PLEASE ENOUGH

Traci Botsford

People who participate in this horribly cruel activity are the biggest cowards on Earth.

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