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Cory Booker Intros Bill to Help Stop Animal Fighting

Cory Booker Intros Bill to Help Stop Animal Fighting

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Friday introduced a bill to crack down on animal fighting. While animal fighting is already banned in all 50 states, ambiguities in federal law create doubt about enforcing restrictions on animal fighting. The Parity in Animal Cruelty Enforcement (PACE) Act amends the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to clarify this ambiguity by making it explicit that federal animal fighting law applies to all U.S. jurisdictions, including U.S. territories. Joined by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in introducing the bill, Booker says animal fighting is a cruel activity that pits animals against each other for the sole purpose of gambling and entertainment. “Animals are often drugged to intensify their aggression and continue fighting even after suffering heinous injuries. This bill will ensure that federal animal fighting laws that apply in the U.S. extend to its territories as well.” Last week, the House voted to approve this measure as an amendment to the Farm Bill by a vote of 359-51. Booker is known for his interests in the welfare of animals. He wanted to build a "state-of-the-art," no-kill shelter in Newark for his birthday in 2017 and "to one day be able to save every savable dog and cat in this new shelter." 

Lieu Calls for FBI to Investigate Russia Ties to NRA

Lieu Calls for FBI to Investigate Russia Ties to NRA

Lucille Roybal-Allard Intros HELP for Children Separated from Parents by Immigration Officials 

Lucille Roybal-Allard Intros HELP for Children Separated from Parents by Immigration Officials