New York lawmakers back fines for animal fights watchers

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Postby cheekymunkee » June 24th, 2008, 11:49 pm

NY lawmakers back fines for animal fights watchers
Associated Press 06.24.08, 4:48 PM ET



ALBANY, N.Y. -

New York lawmakers have agreed to punish spectators at animal fights with fines up to $500 for a first offense.



The legislation, which passed the Senate by a voice vote and unanimously in the Assembly, says it's a violation to knowingly go anyplace animal fighting is staged. A second offense within five years would be a misdemeanor punishable with up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A spokesman says Gov. David Paterson will review the law.



Sponsors called the fighting "a barbaric practice," with recent headlines showing it's still a

problem.



Dog and rooster fighting have led to arrests and confiscation of animals, including 16 pitbulls from a Bronx apartment last week and 13 roosters from a Long Island home two weeks earlier.



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Postby KJS » June 25th, 2008, 2:53 am

Up to $500?...why not $500 or more?...how many people are actually going to oay up if they are found guilty? :rolleyes2: ...and like a sex offender list there should be an animal abuser list that employers and your new neighbours can look you up on to decide if thay want you there...
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