Dog fighting laws will get teeth

For decades, dogs have been bred to fight one another for sport. They’ve felt the white-hot pain of flesh being torn and ears being ripped off. They’ve lived in fear.
Dec 10, 2012

 

Now, perhaps, these dogs’ owners and those who cheer on the illegal bloodsport will feel a little fear themselves.

Three bills that have met with approval in the Michigan Legislature will make the state the toughest in the nation on these criminals. The legislation would give law enforcement some teeth when cracking down on dog-fighting organizers and venues.

Under the new statute, if signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, such criminal behavior could result in racketeering (RICO) charges on top of other animal cruelty charges. This means that these folks, if convicted, could rightfully go away to prison for a long, long time and pay larger fines.

The legislation would also allow authorities to seize the property of a person convicted of being involved in animal fighting. The place where the dog fighting takes place could also be declared a nuisance, allowing authorities to padlock the property.

This kind of illegal and monstrous behavior happens everywhere in the state. There are some particular hotbeds of dog fighting — in Detroit, Flint and Kalamazoo, to name a few — but we have little doubt that it happens closer to home as well.

The laws as written before lacked sufficient penalties to dissuade such activities.

The Michigan Humane Society, American Humane Society and Animal Law Section of the Michigan State Bar all support these measures.

The Tribune stands with them and against anyone who would mistreat animals for material gain.

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Comments

ride2tires

Trusting Gov. Snyder will pass SB 356, 357, 358. This would be a great step towards putting the dog fighting cowards at bay.

jeannasch

Hoping that Gov Snyder comes through on this one. We need to be an example to all other states and cities that dog fighting will not be tolerated! People who commit this horrible crime should have to pay for it. I will support the passing of this law through and through.

rajaju

Here is a Federal trapper that fights his dogs against trapped coyotes,a real man, and gets paid to do it!!!!!!
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Wyoming coyote trapper defends graphic photos
Posted by Matthew Frank on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Graphic photos of coyotes trapped by Jamie Olson, a Wyoming federal wildlife specialist and coyote hunting tournament coordinator, have circulated around the web this week, sparking outrage among wildlife advocates.

On Nov. 1, the Animal Welfare Institute and Project Coyote wrote to the state director of Wyoming Wildlife Services, Rod Krischke, requesting (PDF) an “immediate investigation” of Olson for “blatant acts of animal cruelty.”

itsmeagain

Thats great news now if only other states would join this way of thinking it would not be as big of a problem. Of course some idiot would still do it but the consequences would match the crime finally!

 

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