Target: U.S. Congress
Goal: Applaud new federal act to crack down on animal fighting
A newly enacted federal animal fighting law makes it a felony to knowingly bring a child under the age of 16 to a dogfight or cockfight and a misdemeanor for anyone to knowingly attend a fight as a spectator. It has been a federal felony to sponsor, exhibit, buy, sell, deliver, possess, train or transport an animal for participation in animal fighting since 2008. This crime is punishable by jail time of up to five years and a fine of $250,000. This new act increases the laws against animal fighting.
The act was passed as a part of the 2014 Farm Bill, and makes it illegal to bring a child under the age of 16 to a dogfight or cockfight, punishable by a $250,000 fine or three years of jail time, and illegal to attend a fight as a spectator, punishable by one year in prison or a $100,000 fine. This new act will provide law enforcement with the tools to crack down on animal fighting.
George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, said: “Animal fighting is a cruel activity, it is not a sport. No one should have to watch such brutality, but it is particularly outrageous to expose children to these fights because it desensitizes them to violence and brutality. Criminals also use these animal fights to sell drugs and hide illegal profits. The enactment of this new law gives us additional law enforcement tools to crack down on this barbaric activity and the other crimes that go along with it.”