Animal advocates are celebrating this week, thanks to the release of information detailing provisions for animals in the Farm Bill, a piece of legislation that will set policy for many national agricultural programs. The bill, formally called the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, is nearing completion in Congress, and a report released contains two animal rights provisions.
Animal fighting is illegal in all 50 U.S. states, but the degree of punishment varies on the animal that is fighting. Fights often involve dogs, roosters or hogs ("hog-dog" fights match a hog and a dog against each other). The Animal Legal Defense Fund explains these differences:
Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and is a felony in 37 states and D.C. The hog-catching method of hog-dog fighting is now illegal in 6 out of about 10 southern states where it had been common, although hog-baying events are generally still allowed.