AHA: Critical Anti-Dogfighting Language Included in Federal Farm Bill

May 30th, 2008 5:33 pm by Kelly Garbato


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From: American Humane Association – email [at] americanhumane.org
Date: Thu, May 22, 2008 at 5:38 PM
Subject: Action Alert legislative outcome

Critical Anti-Dogfighting Language Included in Federal Farm Bill

Dear advocate,

You may have taken action last year on the Federal Dog Protection Act (HR 3327, sponsored by Rep. Elton Gallegly) or the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act (HR 3219/S 1800, sponsored by Rep. Betty Sutton and Sens. John Kerry and Barbara Boxer). Most of the language from these bills has been included in the federal Farm Bill, which finally passed a House/Senate conference committee last week.

The committee omitted the provision in both bills that would have prohibited attending a dogfight as a spectator as well as the provision in Sen. Gallegly’s bill that would have allowed animal control agencies, humane societies and state societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals to file civil suits.

However, the Farm Bill now makes it a federal offense subject to five years’ imprisonment to sponsor or train dogs for dogfighting, use the U.S. Postal Service to mail dogfighting paraphernalia or otherwise promote dogfights.

The provisions included in the Farm Bill have strengthened the means of addressing our nation’s dogfighting crisis.

Thank you for supporting these important pieces of legislation!



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