Section 26 Of The Animal Welfare Act
7 USCS § 2156. Animal fighting venture prohibition
(1) In general.- Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly sponsor or exhibit an animal in an animal fighting venture, if any animal in the venture was moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
(2) Special rule for certain states.- With respect to fighting ventures involving live birds in a State where it would not be in violation of the law, it shall be unlawful under this subsection for a person to sponsor or exhibit a bird in the fighting venture only if the person knew that any bird in the fighting venture was knowingly bought, sold, delivered, transported, or received in interstate or foreign commerce for the purpose of participation in the fighting venture.
(b) Buying, Selling, Delivering, or Transporting Animals
for Participation in Animal Fighting Venture.- It shall be unlawful for
any person to knowingly sell, buy, transport, or deliver, or receive for
purposes of transportation, in interstate or foreign commerce, any dog
or other animal for purposes of having the dog or other animal participate
in an animal fighting venture.
As Amended By The 2002 Farm Bill
apply for and execute any such warrant, and any animal
seized under such a warrant shall be held by the United States marshal
or other authorized person pending disposition thereof by the court in
accordance with this paragraph (f). Necessary care including veterinary
treatment shall be provided while the animals are so held in custody.
Any animal involved in any violation of this section shall be liable to
be proceeded against and forfeited to the United States at any time on
complaint filed in any United States district court or other court of
the United States for any jurisdiction in which the animal is found and
upon a judgment of forfeiture shall be disposed of by sale for lawful
purposes or by other humane means, as the court may direct. Costs incurred
by the United States for care of animals seized and forfeited under this
section shall be recoverable from the owner of the animals if he appears
in such forfeiture proceeding or in a separate civil action brought in
the jurisdiction in which the owner is found, resides, or transacts business.
(1) the term "animal fighting venture" means any event which involves a fight between at least two animals and is conducted for purposes of sport, wagering, or entertainment except that the term "animal fighting venture" shall not be deemed to include any activity the primary purpose of which involves the use of one or more animals in hunting another animal or animals, such as waterfowl, bird, raccoon, or fox hunting;
(2) the term "interstate or foreign commerce" means-
(A) any movement between any place in a State to any place in another State or between places in the same State through another State; or
(B) any movement from a foreign country into any State or from any State into any foreign country;
(3) the term "interstate instrumentality" means telegraph, telephone, radio, or television operating in interstate or foreign commerce;
(4) the term "State" means any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and any territory or possession of the United States;
(5) the term "animal" means any live bird, or any live dog or other mammal, except man; and
(6) the conduct by any person of any activity prohibited
by this section shall not render such person subject to the other sections
of this Act [7 USCS §§ 2131 et seq.] as a dealer, exhibitor,