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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Heather Lindow

People that abuse animals should be subject to the same laws and consequences as those who abuse their fellow man. These animals are defenseless and cannot ask for help; they need someone to speak for them. Please help!

Cindy Baldani

Help stop such a heart breaking issue. Why? Why in Gods name would anyone want to watch fighting like this, very sad ! What has happened to this world, to people?

Lara Phillips

This is disgusting! How can anyone find animal abuse entertaining! It's sick!!!!

Susan Dunsmuir

Please pass this legislation. We must do anything & everything to stop this horrid abuse.


I feel what should happen is America should have a very strike law for people to have pets. I feel every dog owner that wants to have an animal that is not spayed or neutered show pay every year until they spat the animal. More thought should be put into laws for people who want to have a pet but abuse them, or fight them.

Tania Perelberg

We don't own the world.
Let the animals live !
Please stop this cruel insanity!!!

Miss C larkin

Stop this barbaric practice


If you use any Pets, for anything else but Love it is Abuse. We are here to Protect them.
Shame on us.

deniz akar

Anyone who takes pleasure from another living being's pain should stop calling themselves human...


People who can abuse & neglect animals are on the same level as people who can abuse & neglect children. It's not a stretch from one to the other. Anyone who mistreats any being who is dependent on them, weaker deserves JAIL!!