Bush Signs Animal Fighting Law

DogToday, Bush signed into law the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act. This will help law enforcement crack down on cockfighting, dogfighting and other types of animal fighting. The law is effective immediately and will penalize any type of interstate commerce related to animal fighting activities. This law should also stop the transporting of fighting animals across country borders and should deter people in the United States from exporting animals to other countries that engage in these animal fighting acts. Punishment for violation of this law may include up to three years in jail and up to a $250,000 fine.

14 Responses to “Bush Signs Animal Fighting Law”

  1. JollyCat says:

    It is a shame that this great bill getting signed will be lost in the middle of everything else. This is such awesome news that these thugs won’t be able to escape the law enforcement agencies that have banded together to stop animal fighting. Thanks so much for getting this posted!! Once things settle down, I hope people remember that this was accomplished. We are so ready to speak out when we are angry and not quick enough to praise something this superb!!

  2. petslave says:

    This is absolutely wonderful news. Unfortunately I’m sure it is just a strategic move on his part to regain some favor from the caring pet families in the US without actually saying a word about the other major national tragedy that’s been unfolding for months. Which is unbelievably sad to me, to be motivated to do something about the horrors of animal fighting for only that reason.

    Hope I’m wrong but somehow I think my instincts are right on this one. I guess we should be grateful for any kind of triumphs we can get for the animals right now & not look too close at how we got them.

  3. martin says:

    I think this is great news as well but wish bush would sign something to make the companies who purchased toxic ingredients say so & recall the products within 24 hours or they would be fined 1 million dollars. It would be very profitable for the government.

  4. martin says:

    One last thought about this.
    Maybe I’m way off base but WHY wasn’t this done years ago? I must admit I am rather irritated that Bush has not said one word about this recall or the toxins delivered to the US by China. All the sudden he decides to sign this bill that should have been a no-brain’er to sign years ago.
    It’s just a little PR to move him in the right direction of pleasing us pet people and get the attention off the toxic foods. It’s good PR and glad it happened but IMO it’s just PR.
    He is now working on FREE TRADE with Columbia & Panama. I’m sure The Colombian Drug Lords will be first in line to deliver their goods to the US.

  5. elizabeth says:

    I don’t care what the motive is or what the timing is….I am just happy it has been signed into law. Animal cruelty is one of the things that can not be tolerated in our society. I hope Michael Vick is shaking in his boots.

  6. martin says:

    Elizabeth,
    I do agree. I’m glad it FINALLY happened.

  7. Pit Bull Lover says:

    Don’t get too excited folks. I could be wrong, but from what I’ve read, this mostly impacts cockfighting and the sale and import/export of birds and paraphernalia relating to it. The legislation was passed and signed because of bird flu/pandemic fears, not out concern for the welfare of animals — oh, and as a PR stunt.

    What’s more, in states where cockfighting and owning birds for cockfighting is legal (Yes, there are some.) the new federal law against importing birds applies only if there is *intent* to do so for fighting purposes. Also, the “Landmark Animal Fighting Legislation” signed by our resident Decider/Commander appears to make no changes regarding various “sports” involving animals hunting other animals — a loophole craftily designed to exempt bloodsports like hog-baiting/hog-dog fighting/hog-dog rodeos (Just another perverted [mis]use of “pit bull” type dogs.) from tougher federal/interstate penalties.

  8. Sandy says:

    I am glad to see this .I try to look for the pawsative posts and threads too and this is great news.

    I wish animal cruelty was a felony…maybe some day

  9. karen says:

    Cockfighting is only legal in Louisianna. And there has been a lot of pressure for that to change.

    As for a PR stunt. I doubt seriously that GW even knows there is a recall. He has long admitted to Not watching TV nor reading newspapers.

  10. Andrea says:

    Are we talking about George Bush?

    Wow. He did one thing right.

  11. Sylvia says:

    Hold on! He knows plenty about about food safety…he choked on that pretzel, didn’t he? It was a very close call.

  12. Sylvia says:

    That should have been “about”, not “about about”. (I was choking on a peanut when I typed that.)

  13. GRIZZ says:

    Tis good to know that someone finally signed this type of bill into law. It should have been done long ago I agree but the indirect Bush bashing on this sucks. I do not agree with all that he does, but this is not a political forum anyway.
    More than one president before Bush could have done it, but BUSH is the one who finally did.
    Nuff said.
    I’ve not seen the law but on a personal basis I doubt it goes far enough. I’m a severe extremist when it come to animal blood sports such as cock, dog fighting etc. Id’ as soon see the trainers and handlers of these animals put into the ring and undergoing the same pain and suffering as their charges do——-then turn em over to me.
    Of all the types of people on this planet they disgust me and rank down there with child molesters and slimy lawyers.

  14. KarenP says:

    I just hope that the extremists do not use this as a way to try and ban certain breeds of dog based on history. This is my fear that it will be abused by those who are trying to end all animal “exploitation” - which for the extremists includes animal companions and service dogs.


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