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"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

HR 2492: Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011

Official Title

A bill to prohibit attendance of an animal fighting venture, and for other purposes.


This bill would expand the definition of the prohibited conduct (actus reus) under the current animal fighting statute, 7 U.S.C. §2156. The bill would make it unlawful for a person to “knowingly attend” or “cause a minor to attend” an animal fight. Attending a fight would be punishable by up to 1 year of imprisonment and a fine as authorized by Title 18, U.S. Code. Causing a minor to attend an animal fight would be punishable by up to 3 years of imprisonment and a fine as authorized by Title 18.

Legislation Details

Marino (R - PA)


08/25/2011: Referred to House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
07/11/2011: Referred to House Judiciary Committee
07/11/2011: Introduced House
7/11/2011: Referred to House Agriculture Committee
7/22/2011: Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry