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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Congressman Gallegly Takes on Big Cock and Likes It

Crime. Terrorism. Homeland Security. Those are just a few issues the House Judiciary Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee could be taking on. But to Democrats and Republicans alike there are bigger fish chickens to fry.

A House subcommittee voted Tuesday to stiffen the penalties for transporting animals across state lines for the purpose of engaging in animal fights. The measure... would make such activities a crime punishable by up to three years in jail.

The bill, sponsored by California Republican Elton Gallegly, also would make buying and selling animals for such purposes a crime. The additional penalties would give the crime felony status; it is currently a federal misdemeanor.

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The bill, which has close to 300 cosponsors, would also make it unlawful to promote or advertise any animal fighting event...a companion bill in the Senate (S261) is sponsored by Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

I don't know how many times I've thought that transporting a chicken across the country for the purpose of letting it fight another chicken isn't punished harshly enough. At least three times today. Or was that how many times I've rubbed one off fantasizing that I'm losing my way with Scarlett Johansson? If you don't know which, you should stop reading this blog. (Hint: it's the latter).

Via CQ (subscription required).