Now, in New York, it is not only a crime to put on an animal fight, but also a crime to attend one.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is rejoicing after New York's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed the A.4407/S.3237, making the attendance of a dog or cockfight a misdemeanor.
Even though animal fighting and the other activities associated with animal fighting are felonies in all 50 states, New York did not have a strong enough punishment in place for the people attending and supporting these sick fights, until now. After all, these fights likely wouldn't go on without a crowd to watch them.
“Spectators who patronize these barbaric events in New York, merely for the entertainment of watching two animals fight to the death, deserve to be charged with a crime,” said Debra Bresch, attorney and senior director of ASPCA Government Relations.
The less people go out to support and enjoy these awful fights, the less the illegal fights will be put on.
Hopefully those who get their sick dose of entertainment from animal fighting, will realize they won't be able to get away with only a measly punishment any longer.
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