Thursday, February 20, 2014

A legislation win for animal rights

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Little enrages animal lovers as much as dog fights and the events around them. The entire chain of events with dogs being trained to fight, pets being stolen for use as bait dogs, children watching the violence, and the abuse many of these dogs suffer make animal lovers' blood boil. 

While authorities agree with the public opinion - animal fighting should be stopped - it has been difficult to do anything about it, and few arrangers of dog fighting have been caught and convicted. 

Up until now it has been illegal to host dog fights, cock fights, or any other cruel pitting of beast against beast. Problem was that the arrangers would slip into the crowd and disappear at first sight of a raid. 

It is now illegal to even attend an event like this.

This is included in the Farm Bill, recently signed by President Obama. It is now a federal crime to attend and/or bring a child to any animal fighting event. 

Up until now, spectator admission fees and gambling dollars have financed the spectacles of unnecessary violence, but if the profit disappears the events will hopefully dwindle and die off as well.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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