Pa. House passes bill to outlaw animal fighting paraphernalia

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation to ban devices used for illegal animal fights.

House Bill 164 would outlaw any object, facility or drug that is used to either conduct an animal fight or to train an animal for fighting.

Possession of animal fighting paraphernalia would be graded as a third-degree misdemeanor, carrying penalties of up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), said current law prohibits animal fighting, but not possessing equipment such as the razor-sharp gaffs that are attached to a rooster’s legs during a cockfight.

His proposal is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

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