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Originally Posted: December 13, 2012

Tell Congress to Pass the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act

FROM National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS)


Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask him/her to SUPPORT this bill [HR 2492 and S 1947] before the session ends. This legislation will increase penalties for spectators attending animal fighting venues and introduce new penalties for bringing a minor to such an event. The bill, as amended, passed the Senate on December 4 and is now before the House for its consideration.

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Here is United Poultry Concern UPC’s letter to U.S. House Rep. E. Scott Rigell by email and regular mail:

December 19, 2012

The Honorable E. Scott Rigell
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Rigell:

I am writing to you as a member of your congressional district on the Eastern Shore to urge you to support The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011 (US S. 1947/H.R. 2492). This legislation, which passed the Senate December 4, 2012, would make it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight and increases the penalties for bringing a minor (a person under 18 years old) to a cockfight, dogfight or any other staged animal fight.

As you may recall, in 2008, the Commonwealth of Virginia amended the Code of Virginia Section 3.1-796.124 to strengthen the state’s animal fighting law and penalties for engaging in organized animal fights, including cockfights, for amusement, sport, or financial gain.

The citizens of Virginia and of the United States oppose staged animal fights and support legislation prohibiting and penalizing participation in these activities in which animal cruelty, drug trafficking, illegal gambling, public corruption, even murder, are involved.

In 2007, the U.S. Congress passed legislation providing felony-level penalties for interstate and foreign animal fighting activities and outlawing commerce in cockfighting weapons.

The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (S. 1947/H.R. 2492) will strengthen the federal legislation. I therefore ask you please to support H.R. 2492.

Thank you for your kind attention to my letter. I look forward to your decision.


Karen Davis, PhD, President
United Poultry Concerns
12325 Seaside Road, PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405
Office: 757-678-7875
[email protected]  

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