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To prohibit attendance of an animal fighting venture, and for other purposes. Read More

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Date Introduced
Jul 11, 2011

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A BILL

To prohibit attendance of an animal fighting venture, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011''.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON ATTENDING AN ANIMAL FIGHT OR CAUSING A MINOR TO ATTEND AN ANIMAL FIGHT.

Section 26 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2156) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a)-- (A) in the heading, by striking ``Sponsoring or Exhibiting an Animal in'' and inserting ``Sponsoring or Exhibiting an Animal in, Attending, or Causing a Minor To Attend''; (B) in paragraph (1)-- (i) in the heading, by striking ``In General'' and inserting ``Sponsoring or Exhibiting''; and (ii) by striking ``paragraph (2)'' and inserting ``paragraph (3)''; (C) by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3); and (D) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following new paragraph: ``(2) Attending or causing a minor to attend.--It shall be unlawful for any person to-- ``(A) knowingly attend an animal fighting venture; or ``(B) cause a minor to attend an animal fighting venture.''; and (2) in subsection (g), by adding at the end the following new paragraph: ``(5) the term `minor' means a person under the age of 18 years old.''.

SEC. 3. ENFORCEMENT OF ANIMAL FIGHTING PROHIBITIONS.

Section 49 of title 18, United States Code, is amended-- (1) by striking ``Whoever'' and inserting ``(a) In General.--Whoever''; (2) in subsection (a), as designated by paragraph...

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To prohibit attendance of an animal fighting venture, and for other purposes.

People who attend animal fights fund this cruel bloodsport with their entrance fees and gambling wagers. Currently dog fighting is a federal offense (US Code: Title 7,2156) but organizers are hard to catch because when police arrive they act as spectators; which under the current law is not an offense. H.R. 2492 the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011 will change that. The act will make it a federal crime, punishable by up to one year in prison, to knowingly attend an animal fight and impose up to a three year sentence for bringing a minor to a fight. http://www.lcanimal.org/index.php/get-involved/action-alerts/2-uncategorised/144-take-a-moment-to-write-for-the-animals

The Humane Society of the United States endorses H.R. 2492 as a necessary step to prevent harm to animals forced to participate in animal fighting rings. H.R. 2492 closes a gap in existing animal fighting regulations by making it a crime to knowingly attend, or cause a minor to attend, an animal fighting venture. Spectators are crucial to animal fighting and generate the bulk of revenue for this illegal enterprise. By discouraging spectators, this illegal activity will be less profitable and it will be easier for law enforcement to identify participants in animal fights.

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Bill Summary

To prohibit attendance of an animal fighting venture, and for other purposes.

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