What: All Issues : Environment : H.R. 2673. Fiscal 2004 Agriculture Appropriations/Vote to Crack Down on Illegal Animal Fighting. (2003 house Roll Call 355)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 2673. Fiscal 2004 Agriculture Appropriations/Vote to Crack Down on Illegal Animal Fighting.
house Roll Call 355     Jul 14, 2003
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Despite the enactment of federal laws that prohibit the activity, authorities in numerous states continue to find evidence of dog-fighting and cock-fighting. During debate on the 2004 agriculture appropriations bill, Congressman Blumenauer (D-OR) offered an amendment which would have dedicated $800,000 to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the purpose of enforcing laws that prohibit animal fighting. In the view of Progressives, animal-fighting is a barbaric activity and they voted in favor of Blumenauer's amendment to crack down on the illegal enterprise. Before fights, Progressives noted, owners give drugs to their animals to make them hyper-aggressive and make their blood clot more quickly so that the animal can continue fighting after being injured. Moreover, animals are often abandoned after the fight and left to roam wild. Allowing those drugged up animals free, Progressives argued, poses a risk to public safety should they attack a person. A solid majority of Democrats voted with sixty-five Republicans and the Bluenauer's amendment was adopted 222-179.

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