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keepCAblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:49 AM
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Sensenbrenner Protects Dog Fighters, Animal Abusers.
This report was filed on pet-abuse.com. (Sensenbrenner's contact info is at the bottom of this post)

A bill to toughen penalties for cockfighting and dogfighting sponsored by Rep. Mark Green is being held up in the House Judiciary Committee by chairman and fellow Wisconsin Republican Jim Sensenbrenner.

"I have spoken to Chairman Sensenbrenner and we don't agree on the importance of this issue," Green said in a statement. "Animal fighting is wrong, and we need to take steps to enhance penalties for those who do it."

However, Sensenbrenner, of Menomonee Falls, says Congress has too many other important priorities to worry about, such as border security, terrorist tribunals and wiretapping laws.

The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2005 would increase the penalties for "buying, selling, delivering, or transporting" animals across state lines or from other countries for the purpose of fighting. The proposed legislation would change the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony, punishable by up to two years in jail.

Green's bill, which was first introduced on Feb. 15, 2005, has 324 co-sponsors in the House, nearly 75% of the body. The Senate passed the bill last year.

Green, a candidate for governor from Green Bay, said he was "committed to trying to get this bill passed as soon as possible" and he already had spoken with House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader John Boehner about getting the bill onto the House floor.

In a statement, Sensenbrenner said, "Animal fighting is an abhorrent practice but is best handled by those already working to combat its practice - state and local officials." However, the statement does not specifically say how he would vote on Green's bill.

Asked how the chairman would vote on the issue, Jeff Lungren, a spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee, said he could not elaborate on the issue and referred reporters to Sensenbrenner's statement.

Cockfighting already is banned in every state except Louisiana and New Mexico, and dogfighting is banned in every state.

The bill's supporters are trying to bypass Sensenbrenner and bring the bill to the House floor under "suspension," a procedure that allows bills to come up for limited debate and requires a two-thirds vote for passage.

On Monday, the Humane Society of the United States appealed to Boehner to schedule a vote.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society, said that by not scheduling a vote on the bill in his committee, Sensenbrenner is "trying to kill this bill."

Pacelle said Sensenbrenner "may claim to be an opponent, but for whatever reason he is doing the bidding of the dogfighting and cockfighting industry," and he called Sensenbrenner's actions "unconscionable."

However, Sensenbrenner said that in light of so many other pressing issues, "trying to ram through animal-fighting legislation with these issues outstanding would win the prize for 'misplaced priorities.' "

Pacelle and many of the bill's supporters in Congress rejected Sensenbrenner's argument that Congress did not have the time to take up the issue. They argue that cockfighting is tied to many different kinds of illegal activity, including illegal immigration, money laundering and drug running.

Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Boehner, said the bill will not be brought to the floor this week and that no decision had been made on scheduling a vote.

We need to flood Sensnebrenner's office with emails, letters, and phone calls urging him to stop doing the bidding of dogfighters and start making fighting these crimes a priority. If he's so concerned about drugs, security, and immigration then he needs to deal with this issue as it is tied to all of them.


Here is Representative Sensenbrenner's Contact Information

sensenbrenner@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
2449 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4905
Phone: (202) 225-5101
Fax: (202) 225-3190

Main District Office:
120 Bishops Way, Ste. 154
Brookfield, WI 53005
Phone: (262) 784-1111
Fax: (262) 784-9437
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:56 AM
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1. k&r
:kick:
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:00 AM
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2. Absolutely abhorrent behavior... K&R
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keepCAblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:47 AM
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3. shamelessly kicking...call Senselessbrenner today!!! eom
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:19 PM
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4. Thanks for the info
I sent him an email. :kick:
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Annces Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:24 PM
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5. I wrote and called Sensenbrenner about this
No reply. They are just sitting on it.
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ProudToBeBlueInRhody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:28 PM
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6. Can't walk and chew gum, eh Jim?
What has he and his gang of Bushites done for border security anyway?

Pass the bill and get it over with if you want to move on so badly.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:37 PM
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7. Done. K&R #4
Thanks!
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Solitaire Donating Member (745 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:59 PM
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8. done
I asked him if he was in favor of animal fighting, since it would appear so.

Sol :)
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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:13 PM
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9. Well, yes, there are "more important priorities"...
...but since the GOP Congress has decided to absolutely drop the ball on all of them, I don't see why they can't squeeze this bill in between rounds of golf.
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:16 PM
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10. Email sent and...
a copy of your OP has been emailed to all my friends with a request to help us flood the asshole's office. We all love animals. I am appalled at what is going on. But...consider the source.... :puke:
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:51 PM
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11. Mark Green wants to protect dogs because he's a Bush lapdog
Just kidding. I never thought I would agree with anything Green has said or done. He is currently my Congressman, though as the article stated, he is running for governor.
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dragonlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:44 PM
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14. And he is a typical right-wing Republican
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 09:46 PM by dragonlady
Just to clarify; I don't think his party has been mentioned yet.

Hi, Poiuyt! Let's hope we both get a new congressman (Kagen and Kennedy) this year! :hi:
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 01:14 AM
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15. Absolutely!
You guys HAVE to get rid of Tex!
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dragonlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:37 PM
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12. See the dramatic full-page ad by the Humane Society on this issue
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel carried a full-page ad blasting Sensenbrenner for his interference on this bill. It's worth seeing.

www.wisopinion.com/blogs/uploads/060929dogfight.pdf

Sensenbrenner's lame excuse for holding up this bill just doesn't hold water. With overwhelming support, it could pass on a voice vote in five minutes. It's just another example of Sensenbrenner's authoritarian personality coming out.

If anyone feels inclined toward retribution, Sensenbrenner's opponent this year is rapidly gaining ground and could use some help. I can promise you that Bryan Kennedy would vote for this bill in a second.

http://www.actblue.com/page/bryankennedy
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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:41 PM
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13. Riiiiight!
It's much more important to build a 700 mile long fence along our border with Mexico!!! Cuz I'm sure no one will ever figure out how to get over/around/under it!!! And, how much will that cost again???
:sarcasm:

God forbid our elected officals ever spend any time on something that makes sense! :grr:
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NaturalHigh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 01:20 AM
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16. Good grief. How long could this bill take?
All in favor of throwing animal abusers in jail, say AYE.

This could be done by the morning coffee break.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 01:46 AM
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17. Just sent the asshat a happy gram...nt
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