I just contacted my state representatives asking them to help put an end to dogfighting by making such crimes easier to prosecute and punishable by stronger penalties. I urge you to do the same!
Michael Vick, ex-quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, was released from prison on May 20 after serving 23 months for financing "Bad Newz Kennels," his dogfighting operation, and viciously killing dogs that his kennel used in fights. Sadly, unlike the high-profile Michael Vick case, most cases of dogfighting go unnoticed by the media, and find dogfighters receiving weak sentences if convicted.
Applied to animal fighting, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (commonly referred to as "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, as in the Vick case, even executed by their owners.
Take action now to help put an end to dogfighting! Send a letter to your state representatives in one easy-click, urging them to support tougher dogfighting laws.
Go to: http://www.aldf.org/alert_dogfighting
Thank you for speaking out for animals!