Make being a spectator at dogfights a felony

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Make being a spectator at dogfights a felony

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California is one of the last remaining states to not come down fully on the sick business of dogfighting. Most states have not just cracked down on those running dogfights, they are going after those who attend. This helps stop the flow of money that keeps dogfighters in business. Without money for profit, this cruel “sport” stands a far greater chance of dying out completely.

While it is a felony to breed and possess a dog for the purpose of fighting in California, spectators receive a misdemeanor, with pretty mild consequences: very rarely, they can be jailed for up to one year. More often, they face fines up to $5,000. Bear in mind -- $5,000 is a petty sum to these gamblers, who are known to wage far larger amounts of money on a single fight.

We are calling on the California state legislature to join with the many other states that have strengthened their dogfighting punishments, and make spectating at a dogfight a felony crime.

Making spectating a felony would increase the maximum jail time to 3 years, and the fine would increase ten-fold, up to $50,000. This would help take spectators out of the stands at these fights, because the risk would finally outweigh the reward. With your help, we can make a difference.

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