Winning the Fight for Animals in Virginia

Posted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on January 31, 2008

Great news! Virginia is one step closer to tougher animal fighting laws.

On a 40-0 vote, SB 26, a bill drafted by ALDF to combat animal fighting, was passed by the Virginia Senate late Tuesday and is now heading to the Virginia House for approval.

Last August, ALDF approached Virginia legislators asking them to back a proposed law that, if in place, could send dogfighters like Michael Vick to jail for up to 40 years on a first conviction. ALDF drafted a recommended amendment to Virginia state law that would enable prosecutors to charge dogfighters under the state RICO ("Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act") statute. RICO–a very powerful tool that prosecutors can use to combat organized criminal operations–is commonly used to address a wide variety of organized criminal efforts, including drug dealing, gambling, and trading in child pornography.

Read more about how lawmakers are standing up to protect animals.