US Senate passes Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act

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At least some important pieces of legislation can pass with bipartisan support. The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (S. 1947) passed an important vote in the US Senate on Tuesday – and the vote was unanimous.

As the Humane Society of the US notes on its website, it is already a felony at the federal level to conduct animal fights and to possess or train animals for fighting. But if signed into law, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act would prohibit attendance at organized animal fights. And despite the efforts of Representative Steve King to block this sort of legislation, the bill imposes additional penalties for bringing a child to a fight.

Now, the measure will jump over to the US House, where hopefully Steve King will oversleep and it won’t take long to send the bill to the President’s desk. An article I found on Examiner.com suggests “insiders” believe this will happen.

Maybe, if those who attend animal fights fear prison time, more will stay away and maybe gamble on other, less evil acts.

The bill was introduced by introduced by members from both sides: Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, Scott Brown, R-Mass., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. and Mark Kirk, R-Ill.

 

ASPCA: Puppies are not toys, so don’t buy them from stores

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The ASPCA is promoting an effort to have everyone sign an important pledge: “If a pet store sells puppies, I won’t buy anything there.” And the site features this important video:

For more information and to sign the pledge, go to NoPetStorePuppies.com.

In my home city, we thankfully no longer have any stores that sell puppies. There are stores selling puppies in neighboring counties.

I don’t really understand how – with the information available here in 2012 – stores are still able to sell puppies at all. But it seems there are enough uneducated people around to maintain their sales.
I do occasionally see signs along the side of city streets, selling AKC-registered puppies. Do people still think that means something?

Smart people wouldn’t buy a computer from someone selling them through hand-written roadside signs. Why would they buy a puppy or kitten, knowing the parent dogs are probably suffering in a backyard or puppy mill somewhere?

Florida judge accused of being soft on animal abusers

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A judge in Lee County, Fla. is being monitored by animal lovers for a trend where he consistently waves off animal-cruelty charges.

Fox 4 out of Fort Myers/Naples, Fla. reports that among many cases, Judge Frank Mann was reported to have recently cut off an animal services representative as she was presenting evidence. The article clearly shows this judge is one who believes animal welfare isn’t worth his time.

He should be immediately removed from hearing cases involving animal cruelty. And hopefully, no one will vote for him the next time he’s up for re-election. We certainly don’t need judges who are soft on violent crime, in cases of violence or neglect to humans or animals.

And we must have people in positions of authority who understand the connection between acts of animal cruelty and domestic abuse.