Stop Animal Fighting in West Virginia

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Please ask the West Virginia legislature to pass H.B. 4201 to increase animal fighting penalties.

This new bill will make it illegal to bring a minor to an animal fight and to gamble on animal fights. It will also increase penalties for spectators of these horrific fights. Intentionally forcing an animal to fight, often times to the death, while spectators cheer and wager, is barbaric and has no place in our state. Federal investigations have revealed animal fights to be intricate gambling rings that often attract large crowds.  Large quantities of drugs are often found at these fights. Spectators play a crucial role in animal fighting. They enable these activities by promoting them, paying admission, and betting on fights. These fights would not occur without spectators as they would be unprofitable for event organizers.

We need laws to make our communities safer by setting meaningful penalties for fueling the animal fighting industry, and deterring animal fighters from seeking refuge in West Virginia. Take action now!

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