LCA: LCA’s SIU Aids in Closing Largest Cockfighting Pit in Virginia

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Aug 8, 2007 1:31 PM
Subject: LCA’s SIU Aids in Closing Largest Cockfighting Pit in Virginia

LCA’s Special Investigations Unit Aids Authorities in Closing Down Largest Cockfighting Facility in Virginia!

ANOTHER COCKPIT CLOSED THANKS TO LCA’S INVESTIGATIVE TEAM

July 2007, LCA contacted the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department with information supplied from our SIU team regarding the Copperhead Ridge cockfighting facility in Virginia. Copperhead Ridge is the largest of two cockfighting pits in Virginia, with attendance at over 250 people.

The LCA undercover investigator supplied valuable information that lead to the closure of the facility and the arrest of its owner. According to the Sheriff’s Department, they are keeping a close eye on the facility to make sure no further illegal activity is conducted on the premises.

LCA would like to thank the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for their hard work.

COCKFIGHTING AROUND THE COUNTRY IS PHASING OUT

According to inside sources, cockfighters across the country are getting rid of their fighting birds because of the shortage of safe places to fight. The LCA cockfighting bust in Arkansas, that resulted in the largest number of federal arrests in the nation’s history, and this most recent bust in Virginia, is creating tangible changes within in the cockfighting world.

STRONGER PENALTIES NEEDED

Virginia is one of the few states that it is still legal to be in the possession of cocks for fighting! Fighting the birds is only a misdemeanor. We must insist on stronger animal fighting laws. Contact your legislature and let them know you support strong animal fighting laws in your state! They need to hear from you!

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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HSUS: Amazon.com Continues to Fight the Bad Fight

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/8/07:

See also: AMAZON.COM SUPPORTS COCKFIGHTING Please Protest!, from United Poultry Concerns (UPC)

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Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Amazon.com Continues to Fight the Bad Fight

For at least two years, Amazon.com has been infamously—and incorrectly—touting its “right” to sell materials promoting illegal animal fighting, blatantly peddling dogfighting videos as well as cockfighting magazines like The Gamecock and The Feathered Warrior.

Amazon.com seems so determined to profit from illegal animal fighting that, rather than simply drop its sales of animal fighting materials, it has filed a motion against The HSUS in federal court, essentially asking that federal and state laws to protect animals be gutted to accommodate Amazon.com’s sales of animal fighting paraphernalia.

Amazon.com’s persistence is all the more disturbing because it comes just weeks after Congress passed legislation making it a felony offense to ship publications containing “commercial speech” for the purpose of promoting or “in any other manner furthering” animal fighting, in addition to the mailing of all other materials that promote animal fighting.

Fight Back!

Please tell Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon.com’s CEO, that it’s not too late to change course and do the right thing—and comply with the law.

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Kinship Circle: ACT/Cockfighting Ban Down To The Wire

Monday, May 21st, 2007

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Date: May 21, 2007 2:33 PM
Subject: ACT/Cockfighting Ban Down To The Wire

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Due to urgency of another “11th Hour” alert regarding Louisiana’s anti-cockfighting bill(s), Kinship Circle issues this message mostly in its original format — from dedicated activist Pam Leavy.

All states, and especially those who live in Louisiana, please EMAIL and FAX comments today and tomorrow. Your diligence helped pass Louisiana’s Pet Evacuation Bill, so vital after Katrina stranded an unprecedented number of animals. Now Louisiana stands alone as the only cockfighting state.

BAD COCKFIGHTING BILL

Congressman Ritchie’s HB 108 is set pass. This is a deficient anti-cockfighting bill. As Pam Leavy writes: “HB 108 will put Louisiana
lower on the ‘animal welfare’ scale, allowing a cockfighting phase-out, as well as exempting ‘food animals’ from animal protection laws, thus allowing the torture (including skinning alive, boiling alive, etc.) and neglect of food animals (cattle, pigs, rabbits, etc.)”

GOOD COCKFIGHTING BILL

1. Ask for support of Senator Lentini’s SB 39.

2. Ask that SB 39 move to the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee — NOT the Agriculture Committee (where the bill dies repeatedly). In the Criminal Justice Committee, SB 39 can be appropriately evaluated as a matter of crime and punishment. In the Ag Committee, anti-cockfighting bills are largely considered a “joke.”

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Kinship Circle: ACTION / Louisiana: Ban Chicken Blood Sport Now

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

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Date: Apr 19, 2007 1:39 PM
Subject: ACTION/ Louisiana: Ban Chicken Blood Sport Now

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**You do NOT need to be a Louisiana resident to write. Activists from any state or country are encouraged to send comments.

4/19/07: Louisiana – Ban Chicken Blood Sport Now
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A cockfighter attaches a gaff, a needle-like weapon to his gamecock before a fight in July. Other weapons include the long and short knives. Advocate file photo by Richard Alan Hannon.
http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/7030982.html

Louisiana Ban on Cockfighting
Bill Number: LA S.B. 39
State Bill Status: Pending
Legislature Status: In Session
Last Action: 3/22/07: Prefiled.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Laura Maloney, Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana SPCA
laura [at] la-spca.org, http://www.la-spca.org/

Cockfighting in Louisiana may be banned

Rep. Salter backs bill to phase out cockfighting

Bfleb2 [at] aol.com

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API: Victory! Animal Fighting on the Way Out & More

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

UPDATE, 5/5/07, via the HSUS:

The President Signs Landmark Animal Fighting Legislation

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From: API Newsletters – donotreply [at] apiforanimals.org
Date: Apr 12, 2007 3:06 PM
Subject: Victory! Animal Fighting on the Way Out

Victory! Animal Fighting on the Way Out

Update: Great News! On April 10, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (S. 261). This follows closely on the heels of the House of Representatives’ passage of the same bill (H.R. 137), by a landslide vote of 368-39 on March 26. This legislation will now go to the President, who is expected to sign it into law. Once signed, the new law will take effect immediately.

Thank you to all of you who contacted your legislators! Your efforts truly made the difference in bringing this crucial bill into law!

The Animal Prohibition Enforcement Act will make it a felony to transport an animal across state or international borders for the purpose of fighting. This federal legislation will modify the Animal Welfare Act to increase the imprisonment penalty for animal fighting violations from one to three years. Additionally, the bill prohibits the interstate or foreign commerce of any knife, gaff, or other sharp instrument used in a bird-fighting venture. The Act also revises enforcement provisions.

Having this legislation in place will give federal law enforcement officials the necessary tools to put an end to the cruelty that is currently being inflicted on birds, dogs, and other animals in the underground world of animal fighting in this country.

This is a great victory for animals across the U.S., and we thank you for your help in achieving it!

Learn more about the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act.

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ASPCA: America, Let’s Crack Down on Animal Fighting!

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

UPDATE, 4/11/07, via Last Chance for Animals:

Senate passes landmark animal legislation; The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act heads to President Bush for signature.

Yesterday, April 10th, the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate. The bill, also approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in a vote of 368 to 39 on March 26, will now go to the President for his signature. Bush is expected to sign it into law.

The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act establishes a felony-level penalty of up to three years of jail time for any interstate or foreign transport of animals for fighting purposes (until now only a misdemeanor) and makes it a crime to move cockfighting weapons in interstate or foreign commerce.

Dogfighting is banned in all 50 states, and is a felony in all but two. Cockfighting is illegal in every state except Louisiana, and is a felony in 33 states.

“The passage of this bill is a tremendous victory for the animals and it will give the authorities the tools they need to prosecute the scum that continue to use and abuse animals for money and entertainment. LCA will continue to investigate and aid in the apprehension of Dogfighting and Cockfighting rings across the country, but this bill will make it just that much easier to put real criminals behind bars!”

– Chris DeRose
Founder and President, Last Chance for Animals

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HSUS: Tell Your Legislators to Support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

Monday, March 26th, 2007

UPDATE, 3/27/07, via the Humane Society of the United States:

Good news! Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (H.R. 137) by a landslide vote — 368 to 39. It’s thanks to your calls and emails to your Representative that we were able to secure such a decisive victory. Click here to find out how your Representative voted.

Now, we’re focusing on the U.S. Senate — in order to complete the effort to make it a federal felony to move fighting animals or cockfighting implements across state lines or foreign borders. Please help us keep up the momentum and make a short polite phone call to both of your Senators.

First, see if your two Senators are cosponsors of S. 261 (the companion to H.R. 137).

If they are, call and thank them for their support and ask them for help to get this legislation passed quickly in the Senate.

If they are not, call and say:

“Hello my name is [your name] and I support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (H.R. 137/S. 261). The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly and passed this legislation, and I hope the Senate will do the same. Similar legislation has been approved by the Senate three times. It is time for the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act to become law. Please vote yes on this important bill and do all that you can to see it enacted into law now. Thank you.”

Nearly every week there are reports of problems associated with illegal dog fighting and cockfighting. This past weekend in Ohio, law enforcement agencies raided a dog fight and several kennels, seizing 64 dogs and arresting two dozen suspects. Also this past weekend, 200 roosters were seized from a cockfight in California, and a man was fatally shot at a cockfight in Hawaii.

Thank you for your continued efforts to end animal fighting. With your help, I know we can win.

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HSUS: Support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

Good news! On Thursday morning, March 8, a federal bill (S. 261) to help law enforcement crack down on animal fighting will be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please take action and help this important bill clear the Senate Committee with flying colors.

This bill will upgrade the weak misdemeanor penalty in current federal law — making it a felony to transport an animal across state or international borders for animal fighting (such as dog fighting, cockfighting and hog-dog fighting).

More here.

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DawnWatch: Wall Street Journal on NM Governor support for cockfighting ban thanks to presidential run 2/13/07

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

UPDATE, 3/12/07, via United Poultry Concerns:

Governor Richardson signs cockfighting ban into law

From: Animal Protection of New Mexico, Inc. (APNM)

Today history was made in New Mexico as we become the 49th state to make cockfighting a criminal act. After decades of debate in the State Legislature, the voices of the vast majority of New Mexicans who support a ban on cockfighting have finally been heard. Cockfighting is cruelty to animals and New Mexico has made it clear that it does not tolerate intentionally maiming and killing any animal for fun and gambling entertainment. Animal Protection Voters is grateful to Governor Richardson, Senator Mary Jane Garcia, Representative Peter Wirth and the Legislature for their support.

The bill for the statewide ban on cockfighting, sponsored by Senator Mary Jane Garcia (D-Doña Ana), passed the House of Representatives on Thursday with 49 representatives voting in favor of the bill and 20 opposed. It returned to the Senate for concurrence on an amendment, and passed its final legislative hurdle Friday morning with a 27 to 6 vote. As the law goes into effect on July 1, 2007, Louisiana will be the only state in the country that allows cockfighting.

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Date: Feb 13, 2007 8:45 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Wall Street Journal on NM Governor support for cockfighting ban thanks to presidential run 2/13/07

The Tuesday, February 13 Wall Street Journal includes a cheering article by Christopher Cooper, headed, “How a Tradition Ends in New Mexico” and subheaded, “With Larger Prize in Mind, Gov. Richardson Nears Ban on Cockfighting.” (pg A8)

It opens:

“In 2003, about a year before he proposed building a $100 million spaceport in his relatively poor desert state, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was buttonholed by a reporter: How did the Democrat and former U.N. ambassador feel about cockfighting? The widely banned sport is popular and legal in the Land of Enchantment. ‘Below my radar,’ the governor replied.

“Little incites more passionate political debate in New Mexico than the question of whether to join much of the rest of the country in outlawing cockfights.

“Indeed, Mr. Richardson now admits he avoided the issue during his first term precisely because “the legislature wouldn’t be able to do anything else” during the session were he to seriously press a ban on cockfighting.

“But that was his first term. Re-elected in the fall with nearly 70% of the vote, Mr. Richardson proceeded to take two of the biggest steps of his public career.

“In December, he came out in favor of a cockfighting ban. Then in January, he began campaigning for president.

“It was a natural progression, the governor said in an interview: ‘I didn’t want an issue like cockfighting hanging over my presidential campaign.’

“With a few sentences, Mr. Richardson breathed life into a longstanding proposal to ban cockfighting in New Mexico, one that has been offered — and summarily killed — in 18 consecutive legislative sessions.

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ASPCA: Increase Penalties for Animal Fighting! Support HR 137/S 261!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Via the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

Federal: Increase Penalties for Animal Fighting! Support HR 137/S 261!

HR 137/S 261 (the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007) has been introduced in the both House of Representatives and the Senate. If passed, the Act will increase the penalties for both cockfighting and dog fighting. Similar bills introduced in 2006 were never voted on, so they died when Congress recessed for the year. […]

On the federal level, the law prohibits sponsoring or exhibiting an animal in an animal-fighting venture if any of the animals in the venture have been moved across state lines. However, such an offense is currently only a misdemeanor. HR 137/S 261 would raise this crime to a felony offense. This means that if animal fighting is a misdemeanor in your state, but the animals involved in a fight were brought over from another state, the sponsoring or exhibition of the animal fight would be deemed a federal felony offense. Additionally, the Act would prohibit the sale, purchase, transportation, or delivery in interstate or foreign commerce of any knife, gaff, or other sharp instrument used in bird-fighting ventures.

The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act would properly penalize and hopefully deter people from engaging in the brutal “sport” of animal fighting. Please contact your senators and representative now and urge them to support and cosponsor HR 137/S 261.

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HSUS: It’s Your Call – Should Amazon Promote Animal Fighting?

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

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From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at] hsus.org
Date: Feb 8, 2007 1:22 PM
Subject: It’s Your Call: Should Amazon Promote Animal Fighting?

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The Humane Society of the United States
February 8, 2007
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/US_2007_amazon_fighting/

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TELL AMAZON.COM TO STOP PROFITING FROM ANIMAL FIGHTING

Did you know that Amazon.com is peddling materials that are both illegal and cruel to animals? It’s true: Amazon.com is selling materials that promote cockfighting and dogfighting, and The Humane Society of the United States has been pressuring the company to remove these materials for many months.

Yesterday, the online retail giant told us that two dogfighting DVDs would be pulled from the site. This is a win for the dogs abused and killed in dogfights, but in the past Amazon.com has removed similar videos only to offer them for sale again later.

AMAZON.COM MUST MAKE A CLEAR COMMITMENT TO KEEPING ALL PROMOTIONS OF ILLEGAL ANIMAL FIGHTING OFF THEIR VIRTUAL SHELVES.

Now, Amazon.com must also cease its unsavory profiteering from The Gamecock and The Feathered Warrior, magazines that sell illegal animal-fighting paraphernalia and call attention to cockfighting venues. These magazines are the glue that holds together the criminal cockfighting industry in this country, and Amazon.com is their main internet subscription tool.

Today, please join us in telling Amazon.com that it’s time for a zero-tolerance policy against the violent spectacle of animal fighting for human amusement. CALL AMAZON.COM RIGHT NOW AT 206-266-1000 and demand that they stop collecting blood money from this exploitation of animals.

This is not an issue of freedom of speech or materials that are merely offensive, although they are that. The facts are clear:

Interstate distribution of materials that promote animal fighting is a violation of federal law. This week, The HSUS filed suit against Amazon.com and its suppliers to uphold that law.

TELL AMAZON THAT HONORABLE RETAILERS MUST REFRAIN FROM PROFITEERING FROM CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

You can also use Amazon.com’s web form to make your point: https://community.hsus.org/ct/KdS7Mss10zm-/. Then, please
forward this alert to your friends and family so that they can make the call against animal fighting, too: https://community.hsus.org/campaign/US_2007_amazon_fighting/

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PETA: Ask Congress to Stiffen Penalties for Animal Fighters!

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Via People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:

Ask Congress to Stiffen Penalties for Animal Fighters!

Our nation and its animals need your voice today! As you may know, the sadistic blood sports of dog fighting and cockfighting continue in many states. A vital piece of legislation that will help federal officials tackle these violent crimes and bloodthirsty citizens committing them — the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act — has been introduced this month in the House of Representatives and the Senate and needs your support.

If made law, the act—known as H.R. 137 in the House and S. 231 in the Senate—will strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. The transport of animals for fighting — currently a federal misdemeanor — would become a felony, with offenders facing three years in prison. The legislation would also criminalize the interstate shipment of cockfighting paraphernalia, including the razor-sharp gaffs typically attached to roosters’ legs before fights.

Please contact your Senators and Representative to express your support for the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act today.

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Kinship Circle: LETTER / Animal Fighting Bill Back In 110th Congress

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] brick.net
Date: Jan 25, 2007 10:33 AM
Subject: LETTER/ Animal Fighting Bill Back In 110th Congress

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1/25/07 — Animal Fighting Bill Back In 110th Congress
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Tell Your Legislators to Support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

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HSUS: Tell Your Legislators to Support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

On the first day of the 110th Congress, a bill designed to help law enforcement crack down on animal fighting was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD). U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), John Ensign (R-NV), Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a parallel bill in the Senate the following week.

The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (H.R. 137 & S. 261) would make it a felony to transport an animal across state or international borders for animal fighting. It would prohibit the interstate and foreign commerce in knives and gaffs designed for use in cockfighting.

Animals in staged fights are pumped full of drugs and forced to keep fighting even after suffering severe injuries such as gouged eyes and pierced lungs. Authorities recognize that animal fighting is an interstate industry — often associated with other crimes such as illegal gambling, drug trafficking, and acts of human violence, as well as public health threats like bird flu — that requires the federal government’s help to curb.

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IDA Writing Alert: Governor will support a ban on cockfighting

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Dec 28, 2006 4:28 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Governor will support a ban on cockfighting

The Santa Fe New Mexican published an article about New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s declaration that he would support legislation to make cockfighting illegal in that state. Cockfighting is currently legal in only two U.S. states: Louisiana and New Mexico. Please send a letter to the editor in support of the ban on cockfighting. Send letters via an online feedback form.

Read “Governor will support a ban on cockfighting” online.

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Kinship Circle: LETTER / Don’t Let Animal Fighting Bill Die In Committee

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

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Date: Nov 24, 2006 12:47 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Don’t Let Animal Fighting Bill Die In Committee

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The life of the 109th Congress expires at the end of the year, and Sensenbrenner will lose his chairmanship when the new Congress convenes in January. The bill to protect animals will also die. Advocates hope the legislation will be resurrected for the 110th Congress to consider.

11/24/06 — Don’t Let Animal Fighting Bill Die In Committee
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
House Judiciary Chairman Blocks Bill Against Animal Fighting
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=2652909&page=1

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Kinship Circle: LETTER / Pass The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

NOTE: This alert is also available on Kinship Circle’s web site.

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Oct 25, 2006 1:19 AM
Subject: LETTER/ Pass The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

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10/25/06 — Pass The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/endanimalfighting_hulk

Unfortunately, the Animal Fighting Prohibition Act did not move from committee to the floor for a vote before the 109th Congress recessed for the November election. When they reconvene Nov. 13, there will be a brief window before newly elected officials transition to the 110th Congress. This bill will have to be REINTRODUCED if current Congress doesn’t act swiftly.

BEFORE 11/06 ELECTION:
Write/fax/email or meet with your U.S. Representative at his/her local office.

AFTER 11/06 ELECTION:
Send fax/email to your Rep’s office in Washington D.C.

Identify your federal Representative and find his/her contact info:
Congress.org – http://www.Congress.org
Project Vote Smart – http://www.vote-smart.org
USA House of Representatives – http://www.house.gov
House Judiciary Committee Members – http://judiciary.house.gov/fullcommittee.aspx
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

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