Friday, May 04, 2007

Victory!


I dedicate this post to the dog I featured in a previous post and to all mistreated animals everywhere.

I want to share this joyous letter and news from Wayne Purcell, President and CEO of The Humane Society of The United States:

Dear Bobbie,

I wanted to be the first to share with you some fantastic news. Today President Bush signed the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act into law. This is the culmination of an almost six-year campaign by The Humane Society of the United States and our allies to enact meaningful federal penalties for animal fighting.

The law takes effect immediately. It provides felony penalties for interstate commerce, import and export related to animal fighting activities, including commerce in cockfighting weapons. It will make it much harder for criminals who engage in dogfighting and cockfighting to continue their operations. Each violation of the federal law may bring up to three years in jail and up to a $250,000 fine for perpetrators.

We are fortunate to have had steadfast Congressional leadership on this issue. But this campaign would not have been a success without your tireless efforts. Thank you again to each of you who sent emails, made phone calls, wrote letters and visited your federal legislators on Capitol Hill and in their home districts.

This victory reminds us to never to give up, and that there are rewards for compassionate action and perseverance. Please share this tremendous news with others and let them know that you had a part in making it happen.

Sincerely,



Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

4 comments:

Audrey said...

That's wonderful news! =) It really brings a tear to my eye. =,)

Debi Cates said...

I'm thrilled. A big step for American humanity.

Katlynn's Momma said...

Breaks my heart. But I am glad to hear the wonderful news.

I'm so bad that if I see a dog tied up in a yard, I am tempted to go "rescue" him.

Rima said...

This is such a heartbreaking past-time all around the world. Let's hope animal fighting will be banned in every single place.