President Signs Landmark Animal Fighting Legislation

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Beatrice- (Miss You!- '94-'12)

The very Beast- of all

Purred: Thu May 3, '07 4:33pm PST 
It's about time!!!
way to go

The President Signs Landmark Animal Fighting Legislation

Today, President Bush signed into law a bill that will help law enforcement rid the United States of dogfighting, cockfighting, and other forms of animal fighting.

Dogfighting and cockfighting crimes are rampant in the United States, with individuals arrested every week in scores of locations under state laws. The vast underground networks generate pervasive animal cruelty, drug trafficking, illegal gambling, public corruption and even violence and murder. The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act, which passed Congress with large bi-partisan support, will give law enforcement a stronger tool to crack down on this illegal activity.

"Animal fighting is a barbaric and inhumane practice, and it is fitting and appropriate that we now have a national policy condemning and criminalizing this form of organized animal cruelty," states Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, which has led the national battle against animal fighting and been the primary advocate for this federal legislation.

The law takes effect immediately. It provides felony penalties for interstate commerce, import and export related to animal fighting activities, including commerce in cockfighting weapons. It will make it much harder for criminals who engage in dogfighting and cockfighting to continue their operations. Each violation of the federal law may bring up to three years in jail and up to a $250,000 fine for perpetrators.

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Dr. Morris- Excalibur- Jonathan

Fast & Furry
Purred: Sat May 5, '07 4:39pm PST 
I haven't been very happy with the president lately (to put it lightly)
But I do appreciate this very much! Dogfighting is something my Mom is very passionately against.She hates it so much,we can't even describe.

And cockfighting is horrible.We've seen non-fighting bred cocks interact with each other,and they are very colorful and entertaining.The actually have personalities.

Trixie (2001- - 2014)

One manic hammy!
Purred: Sun May 6, '07 6:45am PST 
I've been following this legislation and am very happy it's finally law. 'Bout time! Now if jsome other countries that still have this brutal practice would work on banning it....

Beloved- Angel Amelia- loves HL!

I am finally- with my True- Love Bill....
Purred: Sun May 6, '07 8:50am PST 
applause Wow. How nice to find something to agree with the President about! That makes my morning.

Dogfighting is a particulary cruel event not only for the animals fighting but for how they are trained with other animals being used as bait. They encourage gambling, drug use and teach younger kids horrible lessons about how animals are used and mistreated. Let's hope we can enforce these laws. But how do we rehabilitate these people?? I just don't think time spent in jail is going to do much for their sensitivity....what other alternatives might there be??