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2014-02-13

New Farm Bill makes attendance at animal fights fed crime

Courtesy of ASPCA

The United States Senate has just passed the Farm Bill, a huge piece of federal legislation that is renewed every five years.
While many parts of the Farm Bill time out after five years, other included provisions become a permanent part of US law. This year, that includes a new measure that will be a game-changer in efforts to end animal fighting.
Congress added crucial elements of the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act into the Farm Bill, making it a federal offense to knowingly attend an organized animal fight. Additional penalties are also imposed for bringing a child to animal fights. Violators face up to one year in prison for attending a fight and up to three years in prison for bringing a child to a fight.
The Farm Bill will now be transmitted to President Barack Obama, who has indicated that he will sign it quickly.