Over the last quarter century, The HSUS has helped change the legal framework in this country, working to make dogfighting a felony in all 50 states and also a federal crime. And year after year, we've worked to train thousands of law enforcement personnel on investigating this criminal behavior and to remind law enforcement officials and prosecutors that when you see dogfighting in action, you see people who typically have no quarrel with breaking the law.
By bringing cases to the attention of law enforcement agencies, by upgrading the law, by caring for the victims of fighting, and by training agencies and officials and helping them to build cases on the ground, we are helping to establish a zero-tolerance policy for dogfighting in this nation. We are grateful to all of our partners in this important case, and we want to acknowledge in particular the diligent and serious-minded work of Judge Watkins and U.S. Attorney Beck in taking this case seriously. These criminals did not get a free pass for their crimes, and that's as it should be.