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Dogfights, cockfights, and hog-dog fights kill and injure thousands of animals a year. You can help stop this torture. Click here

Dear Bent,

I know that you agree with me on this: Dogfighting, cockfighting, and hog-dog fighting have no place in any civilized society. Here at The Humane Society of the United States, we are disgusted by animal fighting, sickened by the thought of it, and determined to stop it once and for all.
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This year, we took a big step toward eliminating animal fighting in America when the Senate unanimously passed the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act. This bill, which would increase the penalties for trafficking in fighting animals, has unfortunately been stalled in the House of Representatives for months.

The Humane Society of the United States is committed to doing everything possible to make sure this legislation passes before Congress adjourns for the holidays. We can't afford another year of weak penalties and weaker enforcement that will allow thousands of animals to be killed or injured. Click here to make your donation to end animal fighting -- $25, $50, or $500, every contribution helps!

A New Threat
You've probably heard of the serious danger of an avian flu outbreak that could have horrific consequences -- a danger made worse by the practice of transporting birds for use in animal fights. With the threat of an avian flu pandemic, it is more important than ever that we stop the interstate and foreign shipment of fighting birds. Already in Asia, several people have died from bird flu reportedly due to cockfighting exposure. We must not wait until cockfighting plays a role in spreading bird flu to the United States.
It is critical we persuade Congress to address this threat and pass the animal fighting legislation without delay.

Our efforts to end animal fighting are not limited to just this federal legislation -- we also seek to make dogfighting a felony in all 50 states, to ban cockfighting in Louisiana and New Mexico, and to increase the penalties for all forms of animal fighting wherever laws against these barbaric practices are not strong enough. Your support will make this legislative campaign possible.

In our campaign, we are joined by the USDA, the National Chicken Council, almost 400 local sheriffs across the country, numerous animal groups -- and thousands of compassionate individuals just like you. We are up against a highly organized movement, financed by high-stakes illegal gambling, that will use any means necessary to keep these gruesome "sports" thriving in the United States. To defeat them, we need to raise much needed contributions to our Humane Society Legislative Fund for education, lobbying, and grassroots programs.

Thank you for your contribution today, and I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress on this campaign. Please know that I appreciate all you do on behalf of animals every day.

Sincerely,
Mike Markarian
President
Humane Society Legislative Fund


P.S. Last year, a federal bill to increase penalties for animal fighting nearly passed Congress, but it didn’t get over the finish line. The result? Animal fighting went unchecked for another year while helpless dogs, birds, and other animals were killed for gambling and “entertainment” purposes. We can’t let that happen again. We must stop these blood sports.
Please, help us put an end to animal fighting by making your contribution today.

P.P.S. Donations to the Humane Society Legislative Fund are used exclusively to press for laws that protect animals from cruelty, and therefore are not tax-deductible. Please
donate today to help protect America’s dogs and birds from vicious animal fights and pass other animal protection laws.

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