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kerryclair
05-20-2005, 02:11 AM
LETTERS NEEDED NOW: LET’S CRACK DOWN ON ANIMAL FIGHTING!
Dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states, and cockfighting is illegal in all states except Louisiana and New Mexico. Many states have made animal fighting a felony.

On the federal level, the law prohibits sponsoring or exhibiting an animal in an animal-fighting venture if any of the animals have been moved in interstate commerce. However, such an offense is currently only a misdemeanor. But new legislation, introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mark Green (R-WI), would increase the penalty to a felony. This means that even if animal fighting is a misdemeanor in your state, if the animals involved were transported from another state, it would be deemed a federal felony offense. Additionally, HR 817—the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act—would ban the sale, purchase, transport or delivery in interstate or foreign commerce of any knife, gaff, or other sharp instrument used in cockfighting.

Let legislators know that we want to see an and to animal fighting once and for all. Please send a letter urging your representative to support and cosponsor HR 817.
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