Text: H.R.3219 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/27/2007)


110th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3219


To amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit dog fighting ventures.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 27, 2007

Ms. Sutton (for herself, Mr. Hare, Mr. Braley of Iowa, Mr. Inslee, Ms. Shea-Porter, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Mr. Wynn, Ms. Woolsey, and Ms. Hirono) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit dog fighting ventures.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Dog Fighting Prohibition Act”.

SEC. 2. Prohibitions on dog fighting ventures.

(a) In general.—Section 26 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2156) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)(1)—

(A) by striking “any person to knowingly sponsor” and inserting “any person—

“(A) to knowingly sponsor”;

(B) by striking the period at the end and inserting “; or”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(B) to knowingly sponsor or exhibit an animal in, or knowingly attend, a dog fighting venture.”;

(2) in subsection (b)—

(A) by striking “any person to knowingly sell” and inserting “any person—

“(A) to knowingly sell”; and

(B) by striking the period at the end and inserting “; or”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(B) to knowingly sell, buy, possess, train, transport, deliver, or receive for purposes of transportation, any dog or other animal for the purposes of having the dog or other animal, or offspring of the dog or other animal, participate in a dog fighting venture.”; and

(3) in subsection (g)—

(A) in paragraph (5), by striking “and” at the end;

(B) by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (7); and

(C) by inserting after paragraph (5) the following:

“(6) the term ‘dog fighting venture’—

“(A) means any event that—

“(i) involves a fight between at least 2 animals;

“(ii) includes at least 1 dog; and

“(iii) is conducted for purposes of sport, wagering, or entertainment; and

“(B) does not include any activity the primary purpose of which involves the use of 1 or more animals to hunt another animal; and”.

(b) Enforcement of animal fighting prohibitions.—Section 49 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting “(or in the case of a dog fighting venture (as defined in section 26(g) of that Act) not more than 5 years)” before “, or both”.


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