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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It is out responsibilities as humans with souls to be the voice for these dogs!

Sandra Delozier

Please pass the bill!

Andrea Sturm

Just please already stop this insanity! STOP the abuse!

Gail yarger

Disgusting and inhumane

Paula Santapaul...

Please stop this animal abuse now!

Nancy Johnsen

The spectators are just as guilty as the "owners" of these poor dogs!!!!


There should be no ifs, ands, or buts about this. Put a stop to animal cruelty. Animals are part of our family, it should be considered the same as child abuse or neglect. There is something psychologically wrong with those who fight, abuse and neglect animals. Please put a stop to this!

Alycia Stévenin

These people should be put behind bars.


Cruelty only leads to more violence.

Alida du Preez

Animals are God's creations and they deserve love and not abuse!!!!