“Man’s best friend” may fight to the death in dogfights, often with tens of thousands of dollars at stake. Dogfighters sometimes kill the losing dogs, and even winning dogs may die from their wounds. Police often discover drugs, guns, and even murder in connection with dogfights.
The newly enacted Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, included in the final 2014 Farm Bill, makes it a federal felony to knowingly bring a minor under the age of 16 to a dogfight or cockfight. It also creates a federal misdemeanor to knowingly attend a fight as a spectator.Learn more
News & Events
March 24, 2014
To step up its fight against all forms of illegal animal cruelty, The Humane Society of the United States formed its National Law Enforcement Council comprising current and former law enforcement officers and prosecutors from across the country.
March 13, 2014
George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, and the Humane Society of the United States are raising public awareness of the newly enacted federal animal fighting law that makes it a felony to knowingly bring a child under the age of 16 to an animal fight and a misdemeanor to knowingly attend an animal fight.
February 4, 2014
The U.S. Senate gave final approval to the Farm Bill today, and the bill now on its way to President Obama includes two major victories for animal welfare.
January 27, 2014
The Farm Bill conference report released today by the House-Senate conference committee includes two major wins on animal welfare issues, and was applauded by The HSUS and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.
March 25, 2014
The federal district court in the Northern District of California dismissed a lawsuit challenging California’s shark fin law.
March 25, 2014
The Humane Society of the United States is proud to announce a partnership with Paramount Pictures on the theatrical release of Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film “Noah,” in theaters on March 28, 2014.
February 28, 2014
The Maryland Senate unanimously passed legislation that will remedy a 2012 Court of Appeals ruling that deemed “pit bulls” to be “inherently dangerous.”
February 11, 2014
The Virginia House passed legislation to strengthen the state’s protections for victims of domestic violence and their beloved family pets. House Bill 972, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, will authorize courts to grant care and custody of a family pet to petitioners of protective orders and passed unanimously with bipartisan support.