September 18, 2013
Susan Davis Cosponsors Animal Fighting Spectator
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) joined a bipartisan coalition in support of legislation making it a crime to knowingly attend an animal fight.
“This will be another tool in the effort to crackdown on animal fighting, a cruel and inhumane practice that results in the suffering and sometimes death of innocent animals,” said Davis, a member of the Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus. “Those who attend these reprehensible events should know that there will be severe consequences.”
Under the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (H.R. 366), anyone who knowingly attends an animal fight could face imprisonment for up to a year. Taking a minor to an animal fight could result in a prison sentence of up to three years.
The bill has solid bipartisan support with 169 members of the House signing on as cosponsors. In 2012, Davis was recognized as a Humane Champion by the Humane Society of the United States for her strong record of protecting animals.