March 24, 2009
Attorney General Six, The HSUS Announce Kansas Animal Fighting Reward Program
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Attorney General Steve Six has joined The Humane Society of the United States to combat cockfighting and dogfighting in Kansas. At a press conference held today at the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, they announced that The HSUS is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting.
"Cockfighting and dogfighting are both horribly cruel blood sports," said John Goodwin, manager of animal fighting issues for The HSUS. "The criminals who train animals to fight to the death — for nothing more than feeding their own sick sense of entertainment — must be brought to justice."
Cockfighting and dogfighting are crimes in Kansas. Cockfighting is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year of imprisonment and/or up to a $1,000 fine. Dogfighting is a level 10 nonperson felony, punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and/or a maximum $100,000 fine.
"Animal fighting causes the suffering of hundreds of thousands of animals every year, but it also negatively impacts our communities with violence, illegal gambling and other crimes," Attorney General Six said. "The animal fighting reward program has been successful nationwide in putting significant animal fighters out of business, and we welcome it today to Kansas."
Charles Vreeland, president of the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City and Midge Grinstead, executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society also participated in the press conference.
Animal fighting "contests" are abhorrent spectacles in which animals are pitted in bloody duels — often to the death — for human entertainment. These cruel and illicit encounters are spawning grounds for other criminal activities, including drugs, violence and gambling, dragging down entire communities. Credible studies show and law enforcement experts agree that people who engage in this kind of violence against animals are likely to commit violence against people.
This reward program has been made possible thanks to a grant by the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation.
Animal Fighting Reward Program Instructions:
- If you have information about illegal animal fighting in Kansas, call your local law enforcement or animal control agency. If you wish to remain anonymous, let the agent whom you give your tip to know that you do not want your identity released to the public, but are interested in The HSUS' reward. Make sure to note the officer's name.
- If the suspected animal fighter is convicted, ask the law enforcement agency involved in the case to write a letter to The HSUS.
- The letter should state that your tip helped lead to the arrest and prosecution of the convicted animal fighter and should be mailed or faxed to:
Animal Fighting Reward Program
C/O Ann Chynoweth
The Humane Society of the United States
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037
For more information about The HSUS' animal fighting reward program, call 301-258-1459 (English) or 301-258-1420 (Español).
Broadcast-quality footage and high-resolution animal fighting images are available at video.hsus.org.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — on the Web at humanesociety.org.