Animals are living beings too and they feel pain. Please help stop animal fighting.

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Dear Humanitarian,

Animal fighting—whether it involves dogs or birds—is a violent crime that causes immense suffering to countless numbers of innocent animals. It is also associated with gang activity, drugs, gambling, money laundering, illegal guns, and other offenses. Animal fighting operations endanger the whole community.

In the last few years, the federal government has increased coverage of and penalties for animal fighting activities under the Animal Welfare Act, but it is still lacking in one area: the spectator. Spectators are not innocent bystanders; they are active participants in and enablers of these cruel criminal enterprises and should be treated accordingly. Moreover, when a fight is raided, the organizers, promoters, trainers, and owners disperse and blend into the crowd to escape arrest.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 14 bipartisan cosponsors have reintroduced the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (S. 666), to close this loophole…

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