Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Strengthen Maryland’s Stance Against Animal Fighting

The Maryland Senate is considering a bill that would make it a felony to attend a dogfight or a cockfight in Maryland. While it is a felony to stage an animal fight in Maryland, the penalty for attending spectators is a mere misdemeanor. Senate Bill 44 would change this, making it a felony, and finally closing the animal fighting spectator loophole.

This cruel and inhumane practice is closely connected to a host of other crimes, including illegal drug and weapons violations, gambling, aggravated assaults and drug violence. Law enforcement officers can attest to the presence of children at animal fights is the rule rather than the exception. When children are taught that cruelty to animals is acceptable and fun, rather than a serious crime, they are more likely to exhibit cruelty themselves.

Animal fighting results in serious injury and death to thousands of innocent animals. Please help Maryland change this by contacting Senator Lisa A. Gladden and Senator Brian E. Frosh and urging them to schedule Maryland Senate Bill 44 for a vote in the Judicial Proceedings Committee and then vote for its passage.

Contact Information:

Senator Lisa Gladden
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Senator Brian Frosh
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

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