House Judiciary Chairman Blocks Bill Against Animal Fighting

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    Nov. 14, 2006 — As Congress returned for its lame-duck session this week, it found one piece of legislation that had overwhelming support. The Senate had already passed it unanimously. And it had 324 co-sponsors in the House, 155 Republicans and 169 Democrats. That was almost 75 percent of the House already on record in support of it. But the bill stood virtually no chance of becoming law.

    The reason? One powerful committee chairman blocked it.

    It is the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act. It would increase penalties for interstate shipment of animals — cocks and dogs — so they can be pitted against each other in fights. Most states have already prohibited animal fighting. The new bill would make it a federal felony punishable by up to two years in prison.

    The Judiciary Committee Chairman, James Sensenbrenner, has refused to move the bill to the House floor for a vote. In a written statement he said, "Animal fighting is an abhorrent practice but is best handled by those already working to combat its practice — state and local officials."

    More at link: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=2652909&page=1 (warning: one semi-graphic photo)

     
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  3. KrisNine

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    Thank you for posting this, Dark Knight. I made a few calls and sent some emails yesterday on behalf of this issue. Unbelievable that something that had so much support could be ignored.

    As a member of the Humane Society, they are encouraging all of their members to call House Majority Leader John Boehner. A direct quote from the Humane Society as to what you can say is: "Tell him that the House needs to pass a modest,
    popular, animal welfare bill, and that he needs to bring the
    Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act to the House floor
    immediately. The Senate unanimously passed the animal fighting
    bill 19 months ago, so it can be signed into law if the House
    votes on it now." After you make your call, click here to send a follow up email
    to Majority Leader Boehner:
    https://community.hsus.org/campaign/endanimalfighting_hulk_2/u8u3674htn385b?

    Thanks again Dark Knight!
     
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    You're welcome, and thanks for that great information!!!!
     

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