Is Cockfighting And Dog Fighting Illegal?

Yes. If you train any kind of domesticated animal for fighting, coerce any animal into fighting another animal, purchase or own equipment for use in animal fighting, promote animal fighting, in any way facilitate animal fighting, gamble on animal fighting or even attend a staged animal fight you will be guilty of a felony in the state of Florida. The potential criminal liability for animal fighting is comparable to the charges that professional football star Michael Vick is facing in federal court for facilitating a dog fighting operation.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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