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US Friends, Please Tell Your U.S. Senators to Support Enhanced Enforcement of Animal Fighting Law

June 14, 2013
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Dear Humanitarian,

Animal fighting—whether it involves dogs or birds—is a violent crime that causes immense suffering to countless numbers of innocent animals. It is also associated with gang activity, drugs, gambling, money laundering, illegal guns, and other offenses. Animal fighting operations endanger the whole community.

In the last few years, the federal government has increased coverage of and penalties for animal fighting activities under the Animal Welfare Act, but it is still lacking in one area: the spectator. Spectators are not innocent bystanders; they are active participants in and enablers of these cruel criminal enterprises and should be treated accordingly. Moreover, when a fight is raided, the organizers, promoters, trainers, and owners disperse and blend into the crowd to escape arrest.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 14 bipartisan cosponsors have reintroduced the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (S. 666), to close this loophole. Their bill makes knowingly attending an animal fight punishable by fines and up to one year in prison. Also, recognizing that exposure to animal cruelty—especially the egregious brutality of animal fighting—can desensitize children to violence at an early age, the bill makes it a separate offense, with even higher penalties, to knowingly bring a minor to such an event. This common-sense legislation will improve efforts to rid our communities of this cruel and dangerous crime.

Take Action by clicking here.  Please ask your senators in Congress to support S. 666, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act. Even if you have already contacted your senators about this, they need to hear from you again. You can send an email through the Compassion Index by clicking here. Once there, you will find suggested talking points to include in your email.

Please be sure to share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to write, too. As always, thank you very much for your help!


Cathy Liss

i do not want to fight.
so please be kind
and treat me right!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

13 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    June 14, 2013 2:24 pm

    i do not want to fight.
    so please be kind
    and treat me right!


  2. June 14, 2013 2:34 pm

    I just took action. Thanks for posting this.


  3. June 14, 2013 2:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Vegan Lynx.


  4. June 14, 2013 4:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog and commented:
    Animals are living beings too and they feel pain. Please help stop animal fighting.


  5. June 15, 2013 1:28 pm

    Reblogged this on junefit.


  6. June 17, 2013 4:01 pm

    petition signed and shared in several places thank sStacey


  7. freedomveg permalink
    June 27, 2013 6:48 am

    Reblogged this on freedomveg.


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