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Pennsylvania House Unanimously Outlaws Animal Fighting Paraphernalia

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 195-0 to pass HB 164, which outlaws possession of animal fighting paraphernalia. This includes the razor sharp knives that are attached to the heels of roosters in cockfights, adrenaline-boosting drugs and blood clotting agents, as well as equipment used to condition dogs for fights. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

John Goodwin, director of animal cruelty policy for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

“In light of several high-profile dog and cockfighting cases throughout the state, the House sent a unanimous message that Pennsylvania will stand strong against illegal animal fighting. The weapons that make cockfights bloodier, the drugs that amp the animals up and the equipment used to prepare animals to fight would be outlawed under HB 164. The HSUS thanks Rep. Todd Stephens, R-151st, for his leadership on this bill, and urges the Senate to move quickly to pass it.”

Cockfighting and dogfighting are felonies in Pennsylvania, and it is illegal to attend an animal fight. Possession of animal fighting paraphernalia is the remaining loophole in Pennsylvania law.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org