H.R. 137 (110th): Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007

110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of Mar 26, 2007 (Passed the House (Engrossed)).

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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 137

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend title 18, United States Code, to strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007.

2.

Enforcement of animal fighting prohibitions

(a)

In general

Chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

49.

Enforcement of animal fighting prohibitions

Whoever violates subsection (a), (b), (c), or (e) of section 26 of the Animal Welfare Act shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for not more than 3 years, or both, for each violation.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents for such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 48 the following:

49. Enforcement of animal fighting prohibitions.

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3.

Amendments to the animal welfare act

Section 26 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2156) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (c), by striking interstate instrumentality and inserting instrumentality of interstate commerce for commercial speech;

(2)

in subsection (d), by striking such subsections and inserting such subsection;

(3)

by striking subsection (e) and inserting the following:

(e)

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly sell, buy, transport, or deliver in interstate or foreign commerce a knife, a gaff, or any other sharp instrument attached, or designed or intended to be attached, to the leg of a bird for use in an animal fighting venture.

;

(4)

in subsection (g)—

(A)

in paragraph (1), by striking or animals, such as waterfowl, bird, raccoon, or fox hunting; and

(B)

by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the following:

(3)

the term instrumentality of interstate commerce means any written, wire, radio, television or other form of communication in, or using a facility of, interstate commerce;

; and

(5)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(i)

The criminal penalties for violations of subsection (a), (b), (c), or (e) are provided in section 49 of title 18, United States Code.

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Passed the House of Representatives March 26, 2007.

Lorraine C. Miller,

Clerk.