*** SIGN AND SHARE!** If you TRULY want to control the flow of illegal weapons and narcotics - pass this bill. This is where gangs distribute illegal weapons and narcotics: Animal fighting rings.
UPDATE: It has passed the United States Senate. Now please call your State's Federal Representatives and simply state: "To combat the escalation of organized crime, gangs and the drug cartel, please pass HR 2492 -which has now become S. 1947 in consolidation--Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act. Gangs use blood sports to network illegal drugs and weapons used against our citizens. Thank you."
go here and type in your zip code upper right hand corner to find your Representative.
This is not by any measure any kind of rare incident, but animal fighting is escalating in America which a poor economy is contributing to its popularity.
The President of the United States
The U.S. Senate
The U.S. House of Representatives
"In addition to their consequences for animals, animal fights are frequently conducted in conjunction with other illegal activities (e.g., drug trafficking, [weapons]) and can incite violence among spectators coincident with that in the ring." You think gangs and violent criminals listen to laws? They get plenty of firearm artillery from dog and cock fighting rings where they are distributed.
To fight gang activity funding and vice please support, co-sponsor and help pass S.1947/HR 2492: Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.
"The rise in gang violence since the 1980s caused lawmakers to seek a variety of methods to curb the formation and activities of these gangs. According to statistics from the National Youth Gang Center, more than 24,500 gangs, consisting of more than 770,000 members, exist in about 3,330 cities in the United States. Congress spends as much as $20 billion per year in health care costs treating victims of gunshot wounds, and many of the incidents involve street and other types of gang violence."
August 09, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Roberto Bryan
Number: (504) 840-1360
Pit Bull and Cock Fights Used as Networking Tool for Drug Traffickers
"Christian and bill supporter Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-San Benito, also pointed to evidence offered by the Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors showing that Mexican cartels use the cockfights to network and further their enterprises."
PERPETUATION OF VIOLENCE AND VICE: Gangs use dog/cock fighting rings to distribute illegal weapons and narcotics-which will be used in armed robberies and home invasions. Animal fighting is also about illegal gambling, and income tax evasion: Each dog fight can bring in purses as large as $100,000.00 per fight.
CHILD ABUSE IN ANIMAL FIGHTING RINGS: Animal fighters and gangs bring their children to such fights and teach them torturing animals is "normal," perpetuating the cycle of violence. Virtually all dog fighters and their spectators have a history of criminal violence.
Solution: Include Federal charges with dog (and cock) fighting and their attendants who knowing watch dog/cock fighting, not restricted to Interstate involvement.
Illegal in all 50 States, dog fighting remains a national epidemic due to the lure of big money, illicit drugs, and illegal weapon exchanges they are willing to take that chance; many Felony charges are also reduced to misdemeanors, therefore the necessity of a Federal law to further deter such heinous crimes and spread of vice and violence via gangs.