Target: Senator Holly J. Mitchell,
The inhumane act where people are screaming and chanting, throwing around money to bet on poor innocent creatures that are forced to brawl to the death while people are cheering them on as if it was entertainment to see two creature tear each other from limb to limb, is known as about dog fighting. As defined by the Humane Society of the United States, “dog fighting is a sadistic contest in which two dogs- specifically bred, conditioned, and trained to fight- are placed in a pit (generally a small arena enclosed) to fight each other for the spectators’ entertainment and gambling.”
There are many people around the world that participate in these events and allow animal to brutally hurt or kill each other while the people conducting or participating in these events are barely touched by the law. Without stricter laws that punish the offenders, this will continue and countless poor animals will meet their end for peoples’ entertainment. This inhumane activity which is illegal in U.S., it’s a felony and punishable by penal code 597.5 which give the felon imprisonment of 16 months or 2-3 years. However, in other parts of the U.S. such as Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah, it is counted as only as a misdemeanor to where they get a slap on wrist or they get 6-9 months’ probation. So henceforth, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. These offenders need to spend more time locked up for their crime.
According to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals these poor creature are raised and trained to fight other animals. Not only are they raised to kill, but if they lose the fight they’re abandoned, left for dead, or, worse, killed. The reason why it is a necessity to raise the penalty for animal fighting is the offender is being let off easy, even though it is a felony and in penal code 597.5 it states that they’ll receive 2-3 years federal guidelines consider animal fighting as “Gambling” and it suggest a base level of only 6-12 months in prison. (aspca.org).
Dog fighting events are ever increasing, so it is our duty as a society to speak for these animals who are being mistreated and tortured. Animals do not have a voice to speak against mistreatment; as much as they will try to resist, in the end these dog are forced to battle against each other, and the outcome never ends well for the creature. We cannot stand by and continue to allow people to conduct these harmful events and walk away without proper penalty. Dogs are living creatures that need to be represented in the same fashion as a person being put to death. The penalty should be the same as committing second degree or even first degree murder. Reason why that is the people who hold these dog fighting tournaments are forcing animals to literally kill each other as if this was the era of gladiators. We are in a new era where all lives matter why don’t animals have the same type of rules and regulations when it comes to brutal death
The offenders are participating and allowing dogs to be ripped apart by each other and what do they do while this happens? They stand, watch, and encourage this, just so they can win some money or watch what is considered a “blood sport”.
I respectfully ask for you to help us stop this inhumane and brutal events of animal against animal.
Senator Holly J. Mitchell –
We, the undersigned people, are proposing a new bill to support a higher penalty for those that participate and are a part of any type of animal fighting.
It is important that a change to the regulation towards the punishment of penal code 597.5 be raised to punish those criminals that take upon themselves to not only set and gamble the lives of our fellow creatures but watch these creatures tear each other as if it was entertainment. Please consider that animal fighting is a serious, growing problem that causes so much harm to animals and we need to act by raising the penalty from