“Police Break Up Cockfight, Arrest 11″ - “Mauled pit bull pup put down” - “Deltona officers find pit bulls chained, scarred” - “Four men arrested after rooster fight”
These depressing headlines are from Florida newspapers in the past few weeks. Animal fighting continues to be a serious problem in Florida.
The efforts of animal advocates helped to make Florida’s prohibition on animal fighting one of the strongest in the country. Now the animals need your help to strengthen federal penalties for illegal animal fighting. The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007 would make it a felony to transport an animal across state or international borders for animal fighting. It would also prohibit interstate and foreign commerce in knives and gaffs designed for use in cockfighting. The Act would help law enforcement combat these cruel fights, during which animals suffer horrible injuries.
Please take a few moments to contact your legislators and urge them to support these bills. A short, polite phone call or e-mail is all that’s needed (make sure you tell them that you are a constituent in their district).
The following U.S. Representatives from Florida have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. If you live in their district, please contact them and thank them for their support. If your U.S. Representative is not on this list, please contact him or her and urge them to join as a co-sponsor of The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (bill number H.R. 137).
Co-sponsors (as of today):
-Rep. Gus Bilirakis (9th District)
-Rep. Corrine Brown (3rd District)
-Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (5th District)
-Rep. Alcee Hastings (23rd District)
-Rep. Ric Keller (8th District)
-Rep. John Mica (7th District)
-Rep. Jeff Miller (1st District)
-Rep. Adam Putnam (12th District)
-Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (20th District)
-Rep. Dave Weldon (15 District)
-Rep. Robert Wexler (19 District)
-Rep. Bill Young (10 District)
Click here to contact your U.S. Representative (requires 9-digit zip code).
Contact Florida’s U.S. Senators and urge them to co-sponsor the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (bill number S. 261).
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
Phone: (202) 224-5274
U.S. Senator Mel Martinez
Phone: (202) 224-3041