The mail below is my reply from Senator Mikulski on the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.
Owners of the dogs or cock fighting fade into the crowds when Law Enforcement arrive, Police cannot arrest them -----because----- the owners have then "become spectators in the crowd." Passing this Bill would give them the " tools" they need to enforce this crimainal act .
These Blood Fights are highly profitable for the owners , envolving drugs, & high stakes gambling in the Thousands of dollars.
Please take the time to contact your representatives to support the Bill !
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns over the involvement of spectators in animal fighting ventures. It's good to hear from you.
I am appalled by animal-fighting and any person who actively supports it. Animals, especially dogs, are loving and loyal companions who deserve nothing less than our care. It is cruel and inexcusable to pit animals against one another for the sake of sport. I have always supported legislation protects all animals. That's why I am a co-sponsor of the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (S. 1947).
S. 1947 would make it a crime to knowingly attend an animal fight. This legislation is currently pending in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Knowing of your support for this bill will be helpful to me as the Senate continues to work on this issue.
Again, thanks for writing. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you in the future.
Barbara A. Mikulski
United States Senator