Support Tougher Dogfighting Laws!

Support Tougher Dogfighting Laws!

    1. Petition by

      Animal Legal Defense Fund


Help us put an end to dogfighting and create strong laws for animals so criminals who use animals for fighting receive meaningful sentences!

Although animal fighting is illegal in all 50 states, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to make such crimes easier to prosecute and punishable by stronger penalties. ALDF has drafted a recommended amendment to state laws that would enable prosecutors to charge dogfighters under the respective state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (commonly referred to as "RICO") statute. Applied to animal fighting, RICO – which was originally designed to be a weapon against a wide variety of organized criminal efforts, including drug dealing and gambling – would give prosecutors increased muscle in seeking justice for the animals abused and even executed by their owners.

Take action by writing to your state legislators today about enacting or enhancing your state’s RICO law. ALDF can provide our model law that was enacted in Virginia and can also provide your legislators with a detailed legislative analysis of your state’s laws to provide customized solutions for your state.


Recent signatures


    1. Philadelphia Fights Back Against Dog Fighting

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Ever since Michael Vick walked out of jail and into the Philadelphia Eagles' locker room, dogfighting has been on the rise in Philly. George Bengal, the Pennsylvania SCPA Director, told the local CBS affiliate that “Michael Vick in my view...

    2. AKC Speaks Out Against Courage Award for Vick

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The American Kennel Club has joined over 10,000 supporters in protesting Michael Vick's nomination for the Ed Block Courage Award.
      Last Friday, AKC Chairman Ronald Menaker sent a letter to the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and to the Ed...


    Reasons for signing

    • Carlos Ribadeneira WHITTIER, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this because it is ridiculous that just because they are " just animals" that there should not be that strict of a penalty! They feel just as much as we do and they hurt just as much as us, so what is the difference?!.. There should be serious jail time for these "humans" that partake in these events! It just very sad to hear and see what these animals have to go through and the only reason they do is because they are such a loyal and loving breed. The dogs just want to please there owners so they go through these horrible acts over and over searching for love just to be disgarded like trash when seriously injured or a loser in a fight! I truly hope that something changes for the next generations so this cycle of ignorance stops!!

    • Beverly Fyfe RICHARDSON, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      This type of barbarism has no place in a civilized society. How sick does a mind have to be to enjoy watching this unspeakable cruelty?


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