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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Christine Boehm

Stop this!

Mary Beth McDonald

I would like to see more action from the ASPCA on the banning of the brutal and inhumane gas chambers as the method of 'euthanasia' in 30 states. 20 states have already banned this horrific method of torture for stray & abandoned shelter pets whose only crime is not having a home. Cats, dogs, puppies, kittens are often forced into crammed cages and fight/claw as they are slowly suffocated, taking as long as 45 minutes. A gruesome fate for a sentient being. Rep. Moran (VA) has written a detailed bill against gas chambers, advocating trained euthanasia by injection. Until we can find homes for them all, we home them a 'good death'. Please be a voice for the voiceless. We cannot continue to look the other way.


This should not be still an issue!!


If there is noone to watch... there will be no reason to train and abuse those poor trusting dogs. PLEASE, make the restrictions and sentences something that law enforcement can take to court!!

Mirjam Dohm

No more fighting!!!!


Please, please stop this cruelty. It is heartbreaking! As a nation, we are far past this. It's time for action.

Annika Rusceo

Dogfighting does not belong in a civilized society!! It's cruel and heartless. Only people with no soul would do something like this!!!


Supporters are just as bad. You should be ashamed. If no one went it wouldn't happen. Horrible thing to do to an animal

Michelle Torres

Please stop animal cruelty.

Sharon Meyer

I would like to know how my representatives voted for the effort to combat animal fighting. Iowa...hopefully they voted the correct way this time.