ASPCA Wants The Department of Justice To #GetTough On Dog Fighting Law
It’s a despicable crime that was outlawed in all states back in 1976 and carries felony level penalties including potentially multi-year prison sentences and fines. Yet lax enforcement of these laws means continued suffering for dogs recruited to fight and certain death for smaller pets stolen to be used as “bait”.
Enter the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Their commitment to fight alongside the U.S. Department of Justice to give renewed traction to these laws will mean pursuing and aggressively prosecuting the creeps who seek to gain financially from the pain and suffering of these defenceless victims.
Over the years, the ASPCA has teamed with federal law enforcement and prosecutors to close down dog fighting rings and punish the criminals. Just last year they prosecuted 10 federal dog fighting cases and secured the longest sentence (8 years) ever received in a federal dog fighting case. Bravo!
They’re already moving in the right direction so how do we help them ensure 2015 brings more justice for those who cannot speak for themselves? Get involved and Tell the Department of Justice that you are disgusted by this activity and you not only support prosecution of these individuals but you want to see the tables turned and that they are hunted down! Let them know you want to them to on Dog Fighting!
And be sure to visit the official petition page to sign ASPCA’s letter to the Department of Justice asking it to prosecute dog fighters with greater frequency this year and in the years to come. ASPCA will present a full file of all signatures to the Department of Justice so the more of us that sign, the greater impact we will have! And be sure to share this message – add the hashtag to your social media updates and let people know where you stand on dog fighting.
Mary Simpson is a writer and communications professional from Port Credit, Ontario. A soft touch for anything stray, she shares her century home with an eclectic collection of rescues that include orange tabby Chico, tuxedo Simon, and jet black Owen. She enjoys running, politics, exploring the wine regions of Niagara and is an avid supporter of the “shop local” movement.
Sharing space with three seriously judgy Schnoodles and two felines who prefer to be left alone. #LivingMyBestLife
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