Good news! Thanks to the actions of concerned Virginians like you, legislation to make a cockfighting a felony offense (S.B. 1190) passed a Senate committee on Monday by a 9-5 vote. S.B. 1190 now goes to the full state Senate and will be voted on as soon as this Thursday! Take action now to help get this critical piece of legislation passed through the Virginia Senate.
Call Senator Nick Rerras at (804) 698-7506 today and urge Senator Rerras to support S.B. 1190.
You may have seen press reports about the raid on a cockfighting pit near Boydton, Virginia on Jan. 21. More than 125 birds were seized and 145 people arrested following an eight-month investigation in which The HSUS assisted state and local law enforcement agencies. Cockfighting is a felony in 33 states, but is still a misdemeanor in Virginia. Unless Virginia wants to become a magnet for this criminal activity, the law needs to be made stronger.
Please make a brief polite phone call to your state Senator, Nick Rerras, at (804) 698-7506 and urge Senator Rerras to support S.B. 1190 and make cockfighting a felony in Virginia. After you make your call, follow up with an email to your state senator in support of S.B. 1190.
Be sure to tell your friends and family in Virginia about this important vote and what they can do to help. Thank you for taking action on this important legislation, and for all you do for animals!
Executive Vice President
The Humane Society of the United States
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.|
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150