Stop Dogfighting Now!

Dog fighting is a cruel and brutal practice. The abuses are so gruesome that even experienced investigators are shocked by what they discover at dog fighting raids.

For the sake of human profit, the dogs are trained to kill. To ensure their aggression dogs are beaten, chained and fed gunpowder, illegal drugs and even live animals -- and sometimes they are not fed at all for long periods of time. In the end, dogs that do not win are either killed or left to die horrific and painful deaths.

The Federal Dog Protection Act addresses these issues of cruelty, providing much needed protection to the animals that are pulled into this barbaric blood sport. This bill is necessary to adequately punish anyone who not only operates and engages in, but also attends and otherwise supports, dog-fighting events. In addition, the bill bans the use of the U.S. Postal Service to mail dog fighting paraphernalia and has a civil suit provision.

That's why your help is crucial in putting an end to dog fighting. Sign this petition and let's protect dogs from this heinous practice once and for all.




Dear Representative [Last Name]:

As your constituent and a supporter of the American Humane Association, I urge you to support HR 3327, the Federal Dog Protection Act, to end dog fighting.

Reps. Elton Gallegly (R-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) recently introduced this legislation, which mimics the pending Dog Fighting Prohibition Act of 2007 (S 1880/HR 3219) in that it would make it a federal offense subject to a maximum 5 years' imprisonment to sponsor, train dogs for, watch or otherwise participate in a dogfight. HR 3327 adds two more critical components: 1) specifically banning the use of the U.S. Postal Service to mail dog fighting paraphernalia and 2) allowing animal control agencies, humane societies and state societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals (SPCAs) to file civil suits to stop individuals from engaging in and promoting dog fighting ventures.

This legislation would have a profound impact on the ability of federal prosecutors and agents to punish those who engage in this heinous blood sport.

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