Target: Governor Rick Snyder
Goal: Praise the state of Michigan for enacting the toughest legislation in the United States against dogfighting.
The governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, recently signed into law new legislation against dogfighting. The new law allows dogfighting to be prosecuted as a criminal enterprise and increases the penalties for those caught running the operations. Those charged with dogfighting can serve up to 20 years in jail and fines of $100,000.
The stricter regulation has been passed in efforts to criminalize the violent bloodsport and discourage people from participating. With this new law in place, authorities are given more power against dogfighting operations. Police will be able to seize homes, vehicles, and animals associated with the fighting, as well as shut down venues. It is estimated that a single match can bring in tens of thousands of dollars in gambling money. Therefore, the $100,000 fine is an attempt to take away the profit from those involved.
Dogfighting is a felony offense in all 50 states. However, this underground activity is still occurring regularly. In 2012, the Michigan Humane Society received 113 reports about dog fighting. With the new legislation in place, it is hoped that there will be fewer cases of dog fighting in Michigan. Dogfighting is inherently cruel, dangerous, and creates a negative stigma around certain dog breeds. It is not a spur-of-the-moment act and is often premeditated and planned. Those involved with dogfighting deserve the maximum sentence, and the state of Michigan is making great strides toward eliminating this cruel activity. Sign this petition to thank Governor Snyder for setting an example for other states and passing legislation to work toward a cruelty-free future.
Dear Governor Snyder,
I was pleased to hear of the new legislation that passed on dogfighting. Michigan is now one of the toughest states on dogfighting and it is hoped that this law will encourage other states to follow. The new law allows dogfighting to be prosecuted as a criminal enterprise, which can carry sentences of up to 20 years in jail and fines of $100,000. The stricter regulation has been passed in efforts to criminalize the violent activity and to give authorities more power against dogfighting operations. Police will be able to seize homes, vehicles, and animals associated with the fighting.
Currently, dogfighting is a felony offense in all 50 states. However, this cruel and inhumane sport is still occurring regularly and undetected. The fact that some people would subject dogs to this type of violence and cruelty is unthinkable. I would like to commend you for enacting the new legislation, as I believe that those involved with dogfighting deserve the maximum sentence. Thank you for setting an example for other states and passing this legislation.
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