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

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 1, 2007 (Reported by House Committee).


Union Calendar No. 10


1st Session

H. R. 137

[Report No. 110–27, Part I]


January 4, 2007

(for himself, Mr. Blumenauer, and Mr. Bartlett of Maryland) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

March 1, 2007

Additional sponsors: Mr. Campbell of California, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Deal of Georgia, Mr. Norwood, Mr. Jones of North Carolina, Mr. Shadegg, Mr. Bilbray, Ms. Pryce of Ohio, Mr. Moran of Virginia, Mr. Linder, Mr. Markey, Mr. Berman, Mr. Upton, Mr. Issa, Mr. Saxton, Mr. Gary G. Miller of California, Mr. Weldon of Florida, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Royce, Mr. Fossella, Mr. Shays, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Wolf, Ms. Harman, Mr. Costello, Mr. Weller of Illinois, Mr. Kirk, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Walsh of New York, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Gilchrest, Mr. Farr, Mr. Murtha, Mr. Ehlers, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Ms. Hooley, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Doyle, Ms. Norton, Mr. McNulty, Mr. Cardoza, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Boswell, Mr. McCotter, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Dicks, Mr. Weiner, Ms. Corrine Brown of Florida, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Knollenberg, Mrs. Lowey, Ms. McCollum of Minnesota, Mr. Tom Davis of Virginia, Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Clyburn, Mrs. Tauscher, Mrs. Maloney of New York, Ms. Lee, Ms. Matsui, Ms. Schwartz, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. DeFazio, Mrs. Biggert, Mr. Pomeroy, Mr. Delahunt, Mr. Higgins, Mr. Van Hollen, Ms. Woolsey, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Ms. Berkley, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Engel, Ms. Loretta Sanchez of California, Mr. Becerra, Mrs. Jo Ann Davis of Virginia, Mr. Baird, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Wexler, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Clay, Mr. George Miller of California, Mr. Souder, Mr. Castle, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Everett, Mr. Hall of Texas, Mr. Herger, Mr. Keller of Florida, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. McHugh, Mrs. Miller of Michigan, Mr. Regula, Mr. Walden of Oregon, Mr. Frelinghuysen, Mr. Inslee, Ms. Linda T. Sánchez of California, Mr. Holden, Mr. Honda, Mr. Sherman, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Ruppersberger, Mr. Visclosky, Mr. Reyes, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. Whitfield, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Holt, Mr. McKeon, Mr. Filner, Mr. Snyder, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Ramstad, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Inglis of South Carolina, Mr. Frank of Massachusetts, Mr. Baca, Ms. Bean, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Mr. Kind, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Ms. Zoe Lofgren of California, Mr. Wu, Mr. Oberstar, Ms. Eshoo, Mrs. Emerson, Mrs. Bono, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. Gillmor, Mr. Gingrey, Mr. Hobson, Mr. LaTourette, Mr. Lewis of Kentucky, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mrs. Musgrave, Mrs. Myrick, Mr. Rothman, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Lantos, Mr. Akin, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Hoekstra, Mr. LoBiondo, Mr. Mica, Mr. Peterson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Rehberg, Mr. Tancredo, Mr. Tiahrt, Mr. Serrano, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Jackson of Illinois, Mr. Rogers of Michigan, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. English of Pennsylvania, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Putnam, Mr. Renzi, Mr. Latham, Mr. Pence, Mr. McDermott, Ms. Herseth, Mr. Costa, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Etheridge, Mr. Reichert, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Ms. Millender-McDonald, Mr. Olver, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Rahall, Mr. Kucinich, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. LaHood, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Towns, Mr. Wynn, Mrs. Davis of California, Mr. Platts, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Hulshof, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Rush, Mr. Abercrombie, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Ryan of Wisconsin, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Ms. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, Mr. Gerlach, Mr. Petri, Mr. Camp of Michigan, Mr. Israel, Mr. Porter, Ms. Waters, Mr. Bishop of New York, Mr. Carnahan, Ms. Carson, Mrs. McCarthy of New York, Mr. Scott of Georgia, Mr. Kuhl of New York, Mr. Shuster, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Moore of Wisconsin, Mr. Levin, Mr. Tiberi, Mrs. Schmidt, Mr. McHenry, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Miller of North Carolina, Mr. Davis of Kentucky, Mr. Neal of Massachusetts, Mr. Buyer, Mr. Brown of South Carolina, Mr. Moore of Kansas, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Tierney, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Meeks of New York, Mr. Payne, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Emanuel, Mr. Kanjorski, Mr. Price of Georgia, Mr. Daniel E. Lungren of California, Mr. Terry, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Lynch, Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Carney, Mr. Stark, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. McIntyre, Mr. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mr. Sires, Mr. Young of Florida, Mr. Kline of Minnesota, Ms. Solis, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Dent, Mr. Allen, Mr. Hare, Mr. Salazar, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Michaud, Mr. Roskam, Mr. Dreier, Mr. Capuano, Ms. Watson, Mr. Doggett, Mrs. Drake, Mr. Yarmuth, Ms. Shea-Porter, Mr. Mitchell, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Mr. Andrews, Mr. Coble, Mr. Larsen of Washington, Mr. McNerney, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mr. Davis of Alabama, Mr. Walberg, Mr. Walz of Minnesota, Mr. Faleomavaega, Ms. Sutton, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Heller of Nevada, Mr. Hastings of Washington, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Altmire, Ms. Kilpatrick, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. Garrett of New Jersey, Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Spratt, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Hall of New York, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Wilson of Ohio, Mr. Space, Mr. Klein of Florida, Mr. Kagen, Ms. DeGette, Ms. Giffords, Mr. Sestak, Mr. Sarbanes, Ms. Castor, Mr. Fattah, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. Arcuri, and Mr. Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania

March 1, 2007

Reported from the Committee on the Judiciary with an amendment

Omit the part struck through

March 1, 2007

Committee on Agriculture discharged; committed to the Committee on the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


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


Short title

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


Enforcement of animal fighting prohibitions


In General

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


Animal fighting prohibition


Sponsoring or Exhibiting an Animal in an Animal Fighting Venture


In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly sponsor or exhibit an animal in an animal fighting venture, if any animal in the venture was moved in interstate or foreign commerce.


Special rule for certain States

With respect to fighting ventures involving live birds in a State where it would not be in violation of the law, it shall be unlawful under this subsection for a person to sponsor or exhibit a bird in the fighting venture only if the person knew that any bird in the fighting venture was knowingly bought, sold, delivered, transported, or received in interstate or foreign commerce for the purpose of participation in the fighting venture.


Buying, Selling, Delivering, or Transporting Animals for Participation in Animal Fighting Venture

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly sell, buy, transport, or deliver, or receive for purposes of transportation, in interstate or foreign commerce, any dog or other animal for purposes of having the dog or other animal participate in an animal fighting venture.


Use of Postal Service or Other Interstate Instrumentality for Promoting Animal Fighting Venture

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly use the mail service of the United States Postal Service or any instrumentality of interstate commerce for commercial speech promoting an animal fighting venture except as performed outside the limits of the States of the United States.


Violation of State Law

Notwithstanding subsection (c), the activities prohibited by such subsection shall be unlawful with respect to fighting ventures involving live birds only if the fight is to take place in a State where it would be in violation of the laws thereof.


Sharp Instruments

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.



Any person who violates subsection (a), (b), (c), or (e) shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 3 years, or both, for each such violation.



For purposes of this section—


the term animal fighting venture means any event which involves a fight between at least two animals and is conducted for purposes of sport, wagering, or entertainment except that the term animal fighting venture shall not be deemed to include any activity the primary purpose of which involves the use of one or more animals in hunting another animal or animals, such as waterfowl, bird, raccoon, or fox hunting;


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;


the term State means any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and any territory or possession of the United States; and


the term animal means any live bird, or any live dog or other mammal, except man.


Conflict With State Law

The provisions of this section do not supersede or otherwise invalidate any such State, local, or municipal legislation or ordinance relating to animal fighting ventures except in case of a direct and irreconcilable conflict between any requirements thereunder and this section or any rule, regulation, or standard hereunder.



Clerical Amendment

The table of contents for chapter 3 of title 18, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 48 the following:

49. Animal fighting prohibition.



Repeal of Criminal Penalty in the Animal Welfare Act

Section 26 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2156) is amended by striking subsection (e).

March 1, 2007

Committee on Agriculture discharged; committed to the Committee on the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed