New York: Put Teeth in Animal Fighting Law

On June 1, the New York Senate passed a bill to strengthen the law against animal fighting. The vote was almost unanimous at 60-1. However, the bill is now languishing in the Assembly and time is running out.

S 3237/A 4407 would increase penalties by making it a felony to own or keep an animal for fighting instead of a misdemeanor, the current law.

In order to charge a spectator at an animal fight, the current law requires law enforcement to prove that the spectator had paid admission or made a wager on an animal fight. S 3237/A 4407 would eliminate that requirement, replacing it with proof that a spectator was “knowingly present” – a much easier standard for law enforcement to establish.

What You Can Do
New York residents: Send a polite letter now to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to urge a vote for S 3237/A 4407. Please send your comments to Speaker Silver through his online contact form. There are only a few days left in the current session, which ends June 20, so please act quickly.

Subject: Bring S 3237/A 4407 for a vote

Sample message:
I urge you to take immediate action to ensure that S 3237/A 4407 will come up for a vote before the end of the session. This important bill will help law enforcement put a stop to the violent crime of animal fighting by strengthening penalties for animal fighters and facilitating prosecution of spectators.

This bill has already passed the Senate by a vote of 60-1. Please give the Assembly the chance to vote on this bill to help law enforcement and the animals of New York.

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