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1/23/2013--Introduced. Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013 - Amends the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit any person from knowingly attending an animal fighting venture or causing a... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 23, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 23, 2013

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Bill Text

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 2013''.

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) knowingly 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...

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211 Supporting
268 Opposing
44% 56%

State: CA

13 Supporting
12 Opposing
52% 48%

District: 1st

2 Supporting
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Organizations Supporting

This cruel, inhumane practice requires a lifetime of suffering for the roosters and contributes to the desensitization to violence of the adult and child participants and observers. Complicity by officials and local institutions warrants a federal initiative.

Animal fighting - whether it involves dogs or birds - is a violent crime that causes immense suffering to countless numbers of innocent animals. It is also associated with gang activity, drugs, gambling, money laundering, illegal guns, and other offenses. Animal fighting operations endanger the whole community. In the last few years, the federal government has increased coverage of and penalties for animal fighting activities under the Animal Welfare Act, but it is still lacking in one area: the spectator. Spectators are not innocent bystanders; they are active participants in and enablers of these cruel criminal enterprises and should be treated accordingly. Moreover, when a fight is raided, the organizers, promoters, trainers, and owners disperse and blend into the crowd to escape arrest. U.S. Reps. Tom Marino (R-PA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Campbell (R-CA), and Jim Moran (D-VA) have introduced H.R. 366, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, to close this loophole. Their bill makes knowingly attending an animal fight punishable by fines and up to a year in prison. Also, recognizing that exposure to animal cruelty—especially the egregious brutality of animal fighting—can desensitize children to violence at an early age, the bill makes it a separate offense, with even higher penalties, to knowingly bring a minor to such an event. This common sense legislation will improve efforts to rid our communities of this cruel and dangerous crime. http://awionline.org/action-ealerts/tell-your-representative-support-enhanced-enforcement-animal-fighting-law

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) reintroduced legislation on Jan. 23 that would amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit people from knowingly attending, or causing a minor to attend, an animal fight. The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (H.R. 366), which AVMA actively supported in the last Congress, would also impose criminal and civil penalties on people who violated it, should the bill become law. Animal fighting has severe consequences—resulting in serious injuries or death for the animals involved. While most states have recently adopted stricter laws to prohibit animal fighting, enforcement of these laws has been a challenge, proving the need for a combined federal and state effort to effectively address the issue. By not only targeting those who participate in the events, but also those who are attending them, the newly reintroduced legislation aims to put animal fighting organizers out of business. Late last year the U.S. Senate passed a similar piece of legislation. Unfortunately, the bill died at the end of the 112th Congress because it did not receive a vote in the House—despite having the support of more than 200 co-sponsors. The Senate has, once again, moved in support of this legislation this year by including similar language to H.R. 366 in its newest version of the farm bill (S. 10), which it reintroduced on Jan. 22. http://atwork.avma.org/2013/02/11/rep-tom-marino-reintroduces-the-animal-fighting-spectator-prohibition-act/

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Users Supporting

I support The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act because... seeing animals going through treatment from dog fighting is heartbreaking. No animal should go through this. Having an animal be defenseless to a dog taught to be aggressive and fight is not what us humans as the superior being on Earth should do. We should fight against this crime and pass this Act.

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nbeard427
TX-3
1 year ago

I support H.R. 366: Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013 because... Animal fights are cruel and are fueled by organized crime. They cannot be stopped if there is good money to be made by people who will attend. It needs to be a serious offence to attend.

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MJ413
HI-1
1 year ago

I support H.R. 366: Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013 because... I have worked with dogs rescued from fighting operations and find them to be gentle souls who have been betrayed by humans and society. These animals suffer greatly throughout their lives to provide entertainment for disturbed humans. Animals are unable to protect themselves, so we must stand up, reach out, and do all we can to prevent suffering and protect these innocent creatures. If you haven't met a pit bull, please do us both a favor and get to know one or two or three of these incredible dogs - and then share what you learn with whoever will listen. No one ever accidentally "happens" upon a dog fight, all who are in attendance support, encourage, and potentially profit from this barbaric betrayal of our animal friends. Please support the timely passage of The Animal Fighting Spectator Act! Thank You, Sara [Proverbs 12.10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.]

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WA
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dogloverss
WA-10
1 year ago

I support H.R. 366: Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013 because... This should be a no-brainer but it is having a hard time getting enough public support, telling us that the culture needs to be changed. Animal cruelty is often not taken seriously and it needs to be, the argument that humans have not solved human issues yet is not an excuse. This bill would send the message that condoning a violent sadistic act is not acceptable, and that is what needs to happen for change. People who are "bystanders" need to do the right thing.

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HI
1
over-it
HI-1
1 year ago

I support H.R. 366: Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013 because we can't call ourselves civilized as long as we allow members of our society to perpetuate these barbaric acts.

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OH
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tmrsms
OH-9
2 years ago

I support H.R. 366: Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013 because... We have a responsibility to protect animals. Those who encourage animal fighting exhibit some of the worst behavior in humanity, which is hurting others when you can choose not to. While we all do so occasionally, this bill sounds like a way to do it less.

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WY
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Thorsten
WY-0
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act because...it is unconstitutional. This can not pass, it violates the constitution which this beautiful country was built by the constitution that our forefathers created.

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TX
4
Ponso
TX-4
1 year ago

I oppose HR 366- The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act because I see no difference in fishing and hunting, an animal is killed regardless in those actions. I have grown up with hundreds of fowls, my father has always dedicated himself 100% to his fowl he treats them with love. They are well taken care of and have a better life then fowl breed to be killed, they get a happier life then most. Farms for fowl breed to be killed are a much crueler place, they get killed in a cruel way. They get boiled alive at times that is much more suffering. In cockfights they have a chance for life they don't die a horrible way compared to animal farms. Congress should be looking into fowl farms before trying to pass a law against spectators. I grew up being a spectator along with my family and those actions had no effect on us whatsoever we grew up perfectly fine. Animal fighting is a sport in other words same as fishing and hunting and should be allowed and considered a sport. This act should not be passed due to the fact that a Spector shouldn't be banned because they are not participating in the sport they are just spectators.

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TX
32
Sanchez010
TX-32
1 year ago

I oppose The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act because...I hope this bill don't pass because I sell gamecocks to help my family meet their needs they are not trained to fight which you have heard that a thousand its in blood they will fight as soon as they hatch out of a egg if this bill passes they will be no need for them and they will be tens of thousand of bird in ky alone killed little lone all the other states.

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KY
5
peanut39
KY-5
1 year ago

I oppose The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act because... well I think they are more honest people in the gamecock community than bad people ive just been it for 4 yrs now and if this bill passes it will hurt a lot of people not just this generation but for generations to come its been around for hundreds of yrs and its just a sport like hunting and other like it, I do no if it passes the will be a lot of business having to close because a lot of there profits come from chicken feed and supplies and the people working for them will lose their jobs and it will be harder on them to makes ends meet for them to feed their familys so hope are state rep can help the heart and soul of are sport and not let this bill pass. ps its already broke my 7 yr old sons heart when he hears me talking about it that they may take our birds.

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KY
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bill41
KY-5
1 year ago

I oppose The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act I understand that animal fighting is cruel but putting someone in jail for up to more than a year is outrageous. I am against dog fighting because in order to get them to fight they need training by us human, dogs are trained and encouraged to fight. I have dogs that I love and respect very much, it fulfills me to care for them and see them content, they make my day. but when it comes to gamefowl or roosters then it's a whole different aspect, fighting comes naturally to these animals and the only way to stop cockfighting is by eliminating gamefowl and gamefowl owners as a whole, to make the race of gamefowl and gamefowl owners literally extinct. There is no stopping to the cockfighting sport it is a part of many cultures around the world including the USA. Here in the United States we hold some of the best gamefowl breeders in the world, everybody from different countries buy from USA breeders because we are damn good at it and we love doing it, I include myself. I love my chickens and just like they fight to the very last so will we to oppose this prohibition.Extreme revenue can be made from this sport. Legalize it and tax it

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CA
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junior22
CA-40
1 year ago

I oppose the Animal Cruelty Spectator Act because cockfighting has been stereotyped as an inhumane sport amounting to animal cruelty. Cockfighting does not meet the statutory definition of animal cruelty relative to other activities that are currently protected by the law. The Humane Slaughter Act of 1958 specifically excludes poultry from humane slaughter requirements. Moreover, trophy hunting and trapping are perfectly legal activities. Killing for sport. Also, falconry is legally protected by Federal regulations making this blood sport between two birds perfectly legal. (See 50 USC 21.29). This is a clear example of hypocritical policymaking and unjustly targeted moral condemnation. The only meaningful differences between commercial slaughter, hunting and cockfighting is a matter of taste and economics, neither of which overwhelm a legislator's imperative to implement Constitutional policy. It is an indisputable fact that our Founding Fathers raised gamefowl. It is unlikely that the very hands that drafted the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution would also sign legislation designating cockfighting as criminal activity.

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KY
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Rumad06
KY-5
1 year ago

Bill Summary


1/23/2013--Introduced.
Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013 - Amends the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit any person from knowingly attending an animal fighting venture or causing a minor (a person under the age of 18) to attend such a venture. Subjects any person who: (1) knowingly attends such venture to a fine and/or imprisonment for up to a year for each violation, and (2) knowingly causes a minor to attend such venture to a fine and/or imprisonment for up to three years for each violation.

H.R. 365The Territorial TANF Equity Act H.R. 367The REINS Act