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 17, 2013
South Carolinians converged on the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day in Columbia on Wednesday to lobby for animal protection laws.
April 11, 2013
A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced a bill that would outlaw spectators’ willful attendance at organized animal fights and impose additional penalties for bringing a minor to an animal fight. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Maria Cantwell, D-Wa., and David Vitter R-La., have introduced S. 666, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.
March 26, 2013
Tennessee residents concerned about animal welfare converged on the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day.
March 8, 2013
Nevadans concerned about animal welfare converged on the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day to meet with lawmakers and lobby for better animal protection laws.
March 4, 2013
The HSUS Applauds Cleveland Authorities for Taking Action to Crack Down on Alleged Cockfighting Operation
Karen Minton, Ohio state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response to a large cockfighting raid in Cleveland Saturday:
February 7, 2013
Poll Shows Utah Voters Strongly Favor Tougher Penalties for Illegal Cockfighting by Nearly 5-to-1 Margin
A strong majority of Utah voters statewide want tougher penalties for cockfighting, with 70 percent in favor of a bill making cockfighting a felony crime, and only 15 percent opposed.
January 23, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States applauds U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Pa., James McGovern, D-Mass., John Campbell, R-Calif., and Jim Moran, D-Va., for introducing H.R. 366, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, a bill that would outlaw spectators’ willful attendance at organized animal fights and impose additional penalties for bringing a minor.
January 22, 2013
Statement from State Director for Tennessee, Leighann McCollum, regarding the raid of a large cockfighting operation in Hawkins County
December 4, 2012
The HSUS applauded the U.S. Senate for approving S. 1947, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, by a voice vote. The bipartisan legislation closes loopholes in the federal animal fighting law related to attendance at dogfights and cockfights.
November 28, 2012
HSI and His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama Call for Kindness to Animals, Marking the Launch of New Affiliate Organization in India
Humane Society International announced the official launch of its office in India at an event in Mumbai featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who spoke movingly about compassion for animals and the responsibility that all of us have to act with intentionality in protecting them from human-caused cruelty.
November 27, 2012
The HSUS and Michigan Humane Society Applaud Michigan House of Representatives for Passage of Three Strong Animal Fighting Laws
The Humane Society of the United States and the Michigan Humane Society praised the Michigan House of Representatives for passing a package of bills that provide a range of solutions for communities plagued by illegal animal fighting.
October 17, 2012
Animal welfare groups are encouraging the enforcement of a significant animal protection bill that has officially become law in New York State. The bill, S.6774a/ A.9552a, prohibits the possession, use and trafficking of animal fighting paraphernalia with the intention to violate New York’s animal fighting laws.
October 8, 2012
The HSUS Commends U.S. Supreme Court for Denying Cockfighters’ Petition to Review Constitutionality of Animal Fighting Law
The Humane Society of the United States lauded the U.S. Supreme Court for refusing to hear a challenge by cockfighters to critically important animal fighting provisions of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
August 29, 2012
The HSUS welcomes the decision by the city and county of Honolulu to terminate the city’s rooster control contract with self-professed cockfighters who have held the contract at an annual $60,000 cost to taxpayers.
August 17, 2012
See images highlighting the Animal Rescue Team's recent work.
August 8, 2012
The HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team helped the Pennsylvania State Police and Washington County County Animal Response Team in a raid on a suspected cockfighting operation in Daisytown, Pa. Authorities seized 92 game fowl.