In early January, the U.S. Senate passed a bill named The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (H.R. 366) which aims to amend the Animal Welfare Act to make it a federal offense for those who knowingly attend dog fights or who encourage minors to attend dog fights. This bipartisan legislation was assigned to a congressional committee on January 23, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. We need your help to ensure that this bill is passed!
While federal law already makes it a felony to organize or hold dog fights, this new Act will make attending an organized dog fight or bringing a child to a fight, a federal offense.
Dog fighting, which pits dogs against each other in a fight to the death, is cruel and barbaric. It is also heavily tied to criminal activity as approximately 70 percent of those who are charged with committing crimes against animals are members of street gangs or are affiliated with other criminal activities including drug and weapon possession, and battery. It is extremely important that we take a stand against this brutal activity and end the cycle of crime and protect these innocent animals.
How You Can Help
Please contact your member of congress today and show your support for the passing of H.R. 366 – The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.