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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Patricia Fitzpatrick

Please let's put an end to dog fighting (and fighting of any sort between animals) - that'll automatically put an end to spectators. People who watch this type of violence need to be punished sufficiently so they'll stop!

Jerry Skora

The sicko's who perpetuate this and call it entertainment need to be removed from the face of this planet. I, for one, will be happy to oblige. There will not be the wasting of tax payer money on trials. They will just die and be disposed of in an inhumane fashion. The 'sword' will show no mercy.....

Patricia Davis

Please put a stop to this!! Put them away as if they've hurt a child, because our pets should be treated like our child!! They show love, trust n unconditional love!!

Sharmain Newaz

Animals have rights

Maria pedone

Stop the fighting and save these babies!!!

Sharon Kedik

Please stand behind this bill and make all who contribute to this horrible and cruel practice accountable! This is the only way it will end!


If I could legislate penalties for anyone who owned or watched any kind of animal or bird fighting they would be penalized the same as what they were being charged with.Throw them in a ring with pit bulls.This new law would be retroactive.

Thomas Limber

Anyone who participates in or attends is a sick f--k! There are also some porn sites that advertise where men go and watch women and me being bound and gaged and sexual abused. Attendees can participate and take pictures. All of these people need lined up in front of a firing squad and put out of their misery!

rick rossberg

Please help stopping those responsible for dog fighting.Punish all who participate in or watch animal fighting.

Ashley Rae Colwell

Please support this important humane legislation!!!!