How the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011 Will Help AnimalsPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on August 17, 2011
Organized animal fighting
operations are very difficult for law enforcement to shut down. In
order to stop the sadistic animal cruelty associated with animal
fighting, it is important to hold accountable all of the individuals
responsible for the ventures. Large operations may involve hundreds of
people: sponsors, exhibitors, trainers, and attendees. Attendees fund
cruel animal fighting spectacles with money they use for entrance fees
and gambling, however, the part of the federal Animal Welfare Act
that addresses animal fighting, 7 U.S.C. § 2156, does not prohibit a person from attending the events.
To correct this deficiency, a bill was introduced in Congress on July
11, 2011, that, if passed, would make it illegal to knowingly attend or
to bring a minor to an animal fighting venture. Bill H.R. 2492
entitled the "Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011" would
amend federal law to provide a penalty of up to one year in prison for
knowingly attending an animal fighting venture and up to three years in
prison for causing a minor to attend an animal fighting venture.
It’s time to close loopholes
in the federal animal fighting law, thereby giving law enforcement the
tools they need to hold animal abusers accountable.