President Isabel Encourages Dogsters to Support Federal Bill That Would Make a National Felony Standard for Dog and Cock Fighting

 |  May 31st 2006  |   1 Contribution


Isabel Roverandum

President Isabel barked in to let us know that a very important piece of legislation is stuck at the federal level.

President Isabel Roverandom wrote:
Dear Joy,
I have a legislative update to post on the Blog. When we first started the Animal Abuse Commission group I sent a letter to our Congressman, David Price, and asked him what we could do to toughen animal abuse laws. I just received the following reply.

"Thank you for contacting me concerning dogfighting.

I agree that dogfighting is a cruel practice that inflicts a great deal of suffering. All 50 states currently have laws making dogfighting illegal. On the federal level, under Congress' authority to regulate interstate commerce, the Animal Welfare Act prohibits the movement of dogs and birds between states for fighting purposes.

I am a cosponsor of legislation aimed at strengthening federal law targeting animal fighting. H.R. 817, the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act, would establish a felony-level penalty for any interstate movement or foreign commerce in fighting dogs or birds. The bill would also ban the interstate shipment of sharp metal implements designed and used specifically for
cockfighting. H.R. 817 has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee for consideration.

You may be interested to know that both the House and Senate approved language as part of initial versions of the 2002 Farm Bill that would have authorized penalties of up to two years in jail for violations of the dogfighting and cockfighting provisions of the Animal Welfare Act. Unfortunately, this
language was removed in the final version of the bill.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to stay in touch on issues of concern.

Sincerely,

DAVID PRICE
Member of Congress"

This bill was submitted in March 2005 to the Horticulture and Livestock Subcommittee.

The contact info for the committee members can be found by following this link.

I urge everyone to contact the subcommittee members and ask them to please approve this legislation so that it can be brought before the full Agriculture Committee, and then to the Congress for ratification.

This is a very important bill that would create a national felony standard for dog and cock fighting.

That's our President Isabel, always looking out for her furred citizens! For all you Dogsters who write in and ask what we can do, here we go!

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