The Humane Society Legislative Fund expresses its thanks to Congressman Larry Kissell for voting in favor of an amendment to crack down on inhumane and appalling practices of dogfighting and cockfighting. Specifically, the amendment, considered during committee debate over the Farm bill, makes it a crime for an adult to attend or to bring a child to a staged animal fight.
In addition to humane organizations, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and nearly 200 law enforcement agencies from across the country support the effort in Congress to quash illegal dogfighting and cockfighting. And with good reason. A three-year study by the Chicago Police Department found that 70 percent of people involved in crimes of animal cruelty had also been arrested for other felonies, including domestic and aggravated battery, illegal drug trafficking, and sex crimes.
It’s awful to think of a parent bringing a child to watch animals kill each other, as if it’s just another day at the park. We must be concerned about the values we impress on our children, and also be mindful of our responsibilities to all of God’s creatures, including the dogs and birds.
Thanks to Congressman Kissell, we now may have a chance to crack down on the spectators who knowingly enable the crime of animal fighting, make the enterprise profitable through admission fees and wagering, and help conceal and protect the handlers and organizers.
Humane Society Legislative Fund