Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the bipartisan Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, S. 1947.

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“This bill is about ending animal fighting, which plainly and simply is a blood sport,” Blumenthal said on the floor Tuesday.

Blumenthal said his bill would increase the penalties for knowingly attending an animal fight with a child and makes it a crime to knowingly attend an animal fight, adding that animal fighting is a federal crime that requires a federal response to prevent it.

The increased penalty for violating the Animal Welfare Act would be a fine and/or imprisonment for up to three years.

The bill now heads to the House for further action.

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