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Bush Signs Animal Fighting Bill

Discussion in 'Laws & Legislation' started by XxKonnectionsxX, May 4, 2007.

  1. XxKonnectionsxX

    XxKonnectionsxX Top Dog

    Bush signs animal fighting bill
    Friday, May 4, 2007

    By Fred Love
    Stephens Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON - President Bush on Thursday signed into a law a bill strengthening
    penalties against animal fighting.

    The new law makes it a felony to transport animals across state lines to engage
    in fighting events, carrying a prison sentence of up to three years and a
    $250,000 fine.

    The violation previously was a misdemeanor, which animal rights groups said did
    little to discourage what they described as brutal practices.

    The House approved the bill by a 368-39 vote on March 26, and it passed by
    unanimous consent in the Senate on April 10.

    Dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states, and Louisiana is the only state that
    allows cockfighting.

    Opponents argued the measure could allow felony charges to be brought against
    gamefowl enthusiasts who raise birds for their meat and feathers or enter them
    in exhibitions like horse or dog shows but never use them for fights.

    Larry Matthews, director emeritus of the United Gamefowl Breeders Association,
    said the law will be difficult to enforce.

    "How do you tell a fighting rooster from one that's going to go to a livestock
    show?" Matthews said. "You can't tell one from the other."

    Supporters say stronger federal penalties will help authorities crack down on
    animal fighting and other illegal activities associated with it, such as gun and
    drug trafficking.

    "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," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane
    Society of the United States.


    Copyright © Arkansas News Bureau, 2003 - 2006
  2. BoiBoi

    BoiBoi CH Dog

    "How do you tell a fighting rooster from one that's going to go to a livestock
    show?" Matthews said. "You can't tell one from the other."

    and how do u tell a conformation dog on his way to a show from a fighting dog on his way to a pit, u can't so basically now people are gonna have to watch out when traveling to shows because u could be charged with this bullshit, unbelievable, will somebody shoot f*cking bush already he's done nothing but harm to this nation, damnit if there was ever a president that needed to be assasinated its his dumb ass

    u know what pisses me off, why couldn't that coward of a killer that murdered all those innocent kids at virginia tech just go and get rid of these so called leaders of our country, sure they're leading our country, they're leading it right towards communism
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  3. how do they know if your transporting fighting dogs compared to show dogs.

    JRSPITS Top Dog

    The crime isnt transproting a dog across state lines, its being found guilty of dog fighting in another state.

    Still an unnecassary addition to the laws that are already on the books.
  5. miakoda

    miakoda GRCH Dog

    This bill's purpose was to put an end to cockfighting on the federal level whether or not Louisiana chooses to end it on a state level.

    But the cockfighting is done in Louisiana as all those who have voted in favor of it in the past have since changed their votes now that NM is out of it. Basically it's just along the lines of Louisiana already is in the bottom parts of almost all the good lists & this would just further damage the state's reputation.

    Now it's just a matter of how fast will the sport be ended. Our state senate/reps are divided on whether or not a ban on the sport should be an immediate one or whether the sport should be phased out over the next year or 3 years to give people a chance to get rid of their stock & to prevent many from going under financially.

    Legal cockfighting is dead in Louisiana from this point forward.
  6. BoiBoi

    BoiBoi CH Dog

    so i say lets start making bets on when the ownership of animals will be outlawed in this country, i put my money on 5-10 years from now

    JRSPITS Top Dog

    The way things are going that sounds about right.
  8. dogged

    dogged Big Dog

    I don't know about a total outlaw of pet ownership, Boi. Possibly changed to "guardianship," though.

    I DO think that certain groups (PETA/etc) are going to push--little by little--to make it very difficult, legally and financially, to own dogs which could drastically cut down dog ownership.
  9. This I agree with very much. It will be harder to own a dog than it is to own/raise a child. Guess what that means, more f*ing kids in the world and less dogs.....what a shame!
  10. MAXIM

    MAXIM Big Dog

    Oh hell no! I hope not.....
  11. dogged

    dogged Big Dog

    You know what Ingrid says, "Find companionship with your own kind." :rolleyes:
  12. Attila

    Attila Guest

    They don't, be prepaired for some serious ass phuking due to this later. new laws are never good. legisltation is never good.
  13. BoiBoi

    BoiBoi CH Dog


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