HB37 - ANIMAL FIGHTING - Hosmer, Craig
HB37 ESTABLISHES CRIME OF ANIMAL FIGHTING.
Sponsor: Hosmer, Craig (138) Effective Date:00/00/00
CoSponsor:Dougherty, Patrick (67) LR Number:0050-01
Last Action: COMMITTEE: CRIMINAL LAW
HCS HB 37
Next Hearing:Hearing not scheduled
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BILL SUMMARIES

COMMITTEE

HCS HB 37 -- ANIMAL FIGHTING

SPONSOR:  Hosmer

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Criminal
Law by a vote of 14 to 1.

The substitute revises the law on animal fighting.

The substitute:

(1) Makes a person who owns, possesses, keeps, trains, or
surgically alters an animal for fighting, wrestling or animal
baiting exhibitions with another animal, fowl, bird, or person
guilty of a class D felony;

(2) Makes persons who for amusement or gain cause any animal,
fowl, or bird to fight or wrestle with another animal, fowl, or
bird in an exhibition of fighting or wrestling, guilty of a
class D felony;

(3) Makes persons who allow or promote animal fighting or
wrestling on their premises, or aid or abet such acts, guilty of
a class D felony;

(4) Makes spectators at an animal fighting or wrestling
exhibition guilty of an infraction for the first offense and
guilty of a class A misdemeanor for the second or any subsequent
offenses;

(5) Clarifies law enforcement procedures for the taking of
possession and impoundment of animals, fowls, or birds involved
in animal fighting or wrestling;

(6) Defines the terms "animal baiting," "exhibition or event,"
and "spectator"; and

(7) Repeals RSMo. 578.050 which makes bullbaiting and
cockfighting a crime.  This statute was declared
unconstitutional in 1985.

FISCAL NOTE:  No impact on state funds.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that the legislation prohibits
animal fighting in Missouri.  Animal fighting was illegal in
Missouri from 1873 to 1984 until the Missouri Supreme Court
found the animal fighting statute to be unconstitutionally vague.

Testifying for the bill were Representative Hosmer; Missouri
Alliance For Animal Legislation; Humane Society of Missouri;
Missouri veterinarians Medical Association; and Missouri Highway
Patrol.

OPPONENTS:  Those who oppose the bill say that cockfighting is
an amateur sport recognized around the world in countries like
the Philippines and Mexico.

Testifying against the bill was Missouri Association of Game
Fowl Breeders.

Michael Warrick, Research Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 37 -- Animal Fighting

Co-Sponsors:  Hosmer, Dougherty

The bill revises the law on animal fighting.  The bill:

(1) Makes a person who owns, possesses, keeps, trains, or
surgically alters an animal for fighting, wrestling or animal
baiting exhibitions with another animal, fowl, bird, or person
guilty of a class D felony;

(2) Makes persons who for amusement or gain cause any animal,
fowl, or bird to fight or wrestle with another animal, fowl, or
bird in an exhibition of fighting or wrestling, guilty of a
class D felony;

(3) Makes persons who allow or promote animal fighting or
wrestling on their premises, or aid or abet such acts, guilty of
a class D felony;

(4) Makes spectators at an animal fighting or wrestling
exhibition guilty of an infraction for the first offense and
guilty of a class A misdemeanor for the second or any subsequent
offenses;

(5) Clarifies law enforcement procedures for the taking of
possession and impoundment of animals, fowls, or birds involved
in animal fighting or wrestling;

(6) Defines the terms "animal baiting," "exhibition or event,"
and "spectator"; and

(7) Repeals RSMo. 578.050 which makes bullbaiting and
cockfighting a crime.  This statute was declared
unconstitutional in 1985.


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