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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James Burgoyne

This absolutely should'nt be an issue! It should be automatically against the law with heavey concequences!!! Like the 100,000 dollar fines and then again if it happens again the death Penalty to any Human hurting/Killing a Domestic Animal!
They wouldn't want to run into me!
I'll treat them like Terrorist's!
That's for sure!!!


please do the right thing

Mary N. Williams

Please make it a crime to be associated in any way with these atrocities. How can we call ourselves human and still not do everything in our power to end this cruelty?

Elaine Wilkins

Dispicable cruel practice, run an watched by dispicable , cruel people!

Robyn Fullerton

There is no reason not to pass the bill! There is no reason to abuse an animal! Animals are used to carry police men and to find lost victims and escaped convicts so why are we abusing the ones we ask for help??

Ali Makkoe

Please do not hesitate to pass the bill. Fights involving animals is cruel and inhumane. Please speak for those who can not for themselves ...


Pass this bill!!

Susan Mallach

No more animals for someone else's gain!!


Animal fighting should never be allowed, & those who participate in any way should be prosecuted!

Dianna Aaron

Please pass this bill!