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Public Law No: 110-22 (05/03/2007)

 
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Public Law 110-22
110th Congress

                                 An Act


 
   To amend title 18, United States Code, to strengthen prohibitions 
    against animal fighting, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: May 3, 
                          2007 -  [H.R. 137]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress <<NOTE: Animal Fighting Prohibition 
Enforcement Act of 2007. 18 USC 1 note.>> assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Animal Fighting Prohibition 
Enforcement Act of 2007''.
SEC. 2. ENFORCEMENT OF ANIMAL FIGHTING PROHIBITIONS.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 49. Enforcement of animal fighting prohibitions

    ``Whoever violates subsection (a), (b), (c), or (e) of section 26 of 
the Animal Welfare Act shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for 
not more than 3 years, or both, for each violation.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of contents for such chapter is 
amended by inserting after the item relating to section 48 the 
following:

``49. Enforcement of animal fighting prohibitions.''.

SEC. 3. AMENDMENTS TO THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT.

    Section 26 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2156) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (c), by striking ``interstate 
        instrumentality'' and inserting ``instrumentality of interstate 
        commerce for commercial speech'';
            (2) in subsection (d), by striking ``such subsections'' and 
        inserting ``such subsection'';
            (3) by striking subsection (e) and inserting the following:

    ``(e) It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly sell, buy, 
transport, or deliver in interstate or foreign commerce a knife, a gaff, 
or any other sharp instrument attached, or designed or intended to be 
attached, to the leg of a bird for use in an animal fighting venture.'';
            (4) in subsection (g)--
                    (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``or animals, such 
                as waterfowl, bird, raccoon, or fox hunting''; and
                    (B) by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the 
                following:
            ``(3) the term `instrumentality of interstate commerce' 
        means any written, wire, radio, television or other form of

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        communication in, or using a facility of, interstate 
        commerce;''; and
            (5) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ``(i) The criminal penalties for violations of subsection (a), (b), 
(c), or (e) are provided in section 49 of title 18, United States 
Code.''.

    Approved May 3, 2007.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 137 (S. 261):
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 110-27, Pt. 1 (Comm. on the Judiciary).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 153 (2007):
            Mar. 26, considered and passed House.
            Apr. 10, considered and passed Senate.

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