Target: Montana Legislature
Goal: For attending a dogfight in the state to be a felony offense
Dogfighting is a felony in every state in America. However, Montana is the only state that has no laws addressing the audience of a dogfight. The spectators that attend a dogfight are no better than those who organize the fights. By watching a fight, they are encouraging the animal cruelty and they should face consequences as well. Montana needs to make attending a dogfight a felony.
If there were no spectators for dogfights, then they wouldn’t have reached such a high level of popularity. It is the people who attend the fights that bet on the animals and encourage the ruthless behavior to continue. If Montana makes attending a dogfight a felony, then less people will participate in the fights and hopefully the amount of abused dogs will decrease.
Montana lawmakers have recently created a bill that would make attending a dogfight illegal, but it was shelved despite a large amount of support for it. We need to urge officials to bring life back to this bill so that we can end this cruel sport. Sign the petition below to show your support for making this issue a felony offense.
Dear Montana Legislature,
Dogfighting is a disgusting act that typically involves a large audience. The audience participation is crucial, because that is how bets are started and excitement arises. Without the audience, a dogfight would be pointless. Because of this, being a spectator at a dogfight should be treated as a felony.
Betting on dogfights is the sole reason they still occur. Even though the organizers of the dogfights are held responsible when caught, the spectators are let free. Your state recently created a bill that would make being in the audience of a dogfight a felony, but it was shelved. This is an important issue that shouldn’t be neglected. If the audience members are punished for attending a fight, then the sizes of audiences will decrease and fights will hopefully cease to exist.
It is sickening that one of the only ways to end dogfighting is by looming the threat of a felony over participant’s heads. This is a disgusting hobby that many people refuse to give up. We are asking you to please revive the bill to punish audience members of dogfights and make sure it passes so that we can save the lives of innocent dogs.
[Your Name Here]
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