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.