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DelBene backs anti-animal fighting measure

DelBene backs anti-animal fighting measure

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish

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Posted on June 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Washington state Rep. Suzan DelBene is one of more than a dozen members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee that voted to include the animal fighting spectator prohibition language in the House Farm Bill.

The amendment would make attending an organized animal fight a federal offense and impose additional penalties for bringing a child to an animal fight.

DelBene is a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, which approved an amendment on Monday.

The amendment would make attending an organized animal fight a federal offense and impose additional penalties for bringing a child to an animal fight.

The amendment is similar to the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, stand-alone legislation that has strong bipartisan support from 147 cosponsors, including Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell.

U.S. H.R. 366/S. 666 would make it a federal offense to knowingly attend an organized animal fight and would impose additional penalties for bringing children to animal fights. Violators would face up to one year in prison for attending a fight, and up to three years in prison for bringing a minor to a fight.

“Animal fights are cruel and gruesome spectacles where animals are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture,” said Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “Children need protection from the dangerous culture of animal fighting, as well as its associated illegal activities such as drugs, weapons and gambling."

 

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