View Full Version : Support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

05-13-2005, 08:50 PM
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to increase penalties for animal fighting. HR 817 (the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act) has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The act would increase the penalties for cockfighting and dog fighting (including fights where dogs are pitted against other mammals). Animal fighting is a cruel blood sport that involves breeding and mistreating animals to increase their aggressiveness, then encouraging them to continue fighting even after they've suffered severe injuries.

Dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states, and cockfighting is illegal in all states except Louisiana and New Mexico. Many states make it a felony to engage in animal fighting or train a dog for fighting. On the federal level, the law prohibits sponsoring or exhibiting an animal in an animal-fighting venture if any of the animals in the venture have been moved in interstate commerce. However, such an offense is currently only a misdemeanor. HR 817 would increase the penalties for this crime to a felony offense. This means that if animal fighting a misdemeanor in your state, but the animals involved were transported in interstate commerce, the sponsoring or exhibition of an animal fight would be deemed a federal felony offense. Additionally, the bill would prohibit the sale, purchase, transportation, or delivery in interstate or foreign commerce of any knife, gaff, or other sharp instrument used in bird-fighting ventures.

The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act would properly penalize and hopefully deter people from engaging in the brutal “sport” of animal fighting. Contact your representative now and urge him or her to support and cosponsor HR 817! Take action now by visiting https://secure2.convio.net/aspca/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1615&AddInterest=2732