March 5, 2014
Legislation to upgrade Utah’s law on cockfighting passed the House Judiciary Committee with a vote of 7-2. SB 112, which now moves on for a full vote in the House, makes it a felony on the second offense to participate in the blood sport where two roosters fight each other to the death while people place bets. A first offense will be prosecuted as a Class A misdemeanor.
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.
October 10, 2013
State and local authorities and The Humane Society of the United States announced their collaboration to help rid Nevada of animal fighting under a new state law that makes cockfighting a first-offense felony. The new law was passed by the Nevada legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval this summer, and it went into effect on Oct. 1. Only 10 states do not have felony penalties for cockfighting.
August 15, 2013
To step up its fight against all forms of illegal animal cruelty, The Humane Society of the United States has formed its first National Law Enforcement Council comprising current and former law enforcement officers and prosecutors from across the country.
June 17, 2013
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 199-0 to outlaw the possession of animal fighting paraphernalia.
June 12, 2013
Utah has become the only state in the Western contiguous United States without first-offense felony penalties for cockfighting, after Nevada enacted its upgraded law Monday.
June 10, 2013
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed a new law making cockfighting a felony on the first offense—an upgrade that is supported by The Humane Society of the United States.
May 30, 2013
Holly Haley, Nevada state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement applauding the Nevada Legislature for passing a bill to strengthen penalties against cockfighting:
May 16, 2013
The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, in taking up the Farm Bill yesterday, approved an amendment to crackdown on spectators at animal fighting ventures, but also approved a destructive, constitutionally questionable amendment to strip states of their right to protect farm animals and other animals from exploitation and abuse.
April 26, 2013
– The Florida Senate voted unanimously to strengthen the state’s animal cruelty law, including its animal fighting provisions. Endorsed by The Humane Society of the United States, the bill sends a clear message to animal abusers that they will face vigorous prosecution for animal fighting.