Crack Down on Spectators at Animal Fights

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Originally Posted: February 25, 2012

Crack Down on Spectators at Animal Fights

[Ed. Note: Watch The Real Face of Dogfighting.]

FROM The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)


Ask your Federal Representative and Senators to co-sponsor and support S. 1947/H.R. 2492 to crack down on animal fighting spectators.

Bipartisan legislation, S. 1947/H.R. 2492, has been introduced by U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Pa., and Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, and by Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Scott Brown, R-Mass., that would prohibit knowing attendance at organized animal fights and impose additional penalties for causing a minor to attend such events. 

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Spectators are not innocent bystanders -- they are willing participants and accomplices in the horribly cruel activity of dogfighting and cockfighting. Spectator admission fees and high-stakes gambling dollars finance this criminal industry and make it profitable. Animal fighters also use the spectator loophole to avoid prosecution -- at the first sign of a raid, they will abandon their animals and try to blend into the crowd. Federal law enforcement should have the tools needed to go after those who are financing the torture of animals. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing back on your co-sponsorship of this important bill. 

Thank you for everything you do for animals!