by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals
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storywillienelsonap.jpgCountry music star Willie Nelson is lending support to a dogfighting bill that would help tighten laws throughout the state of Georgia. A national animal-welfare organization, Best Friends Animal Society, produced an ad that has Nelson speaking into a camera while “Georgia on My Mind” plays in the background. From the article,

“‘Dogfighting is against the law in Georgia, but the laws are so weak, the beautiful state of Georgia has become a haven for dogfighters from around the country,’ he says. The bill would make it a felony for anyone to sell, trade or transport dogs for the purpose of dogfighting.”

Supporters of the new bill (which has already cleared the state Senate) hope to have the ad in full circulation around the December 10th sentencing for suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. The former star footballer has pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge.

Rock on, Willie!

via CNN

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  • http://stopthecrops.com Tricia Suchanek

    This needs to be stopped. If you also make them stop cropping the ears it would help to prevent the fighting. They always crop the ears very tight to prevent the ears from getting ripped off. This cropping as well as fighting needs to be stopped. So please pass the anti- dog fighting bill and please add a clause or addmendment to stop ear cropping. Thank you for your time

  • Rebecca

    Where is this commercial?Monday is Dec. 10. I hope it’s a day to remember. No,I am not a Vick supporter.

  • http://norred.com Greg Norred

    Thank you Willie for your support. Please see our article and hotline number below in this ad.

    Published on: 01/11/08 AJC.com
    The Humane Society of the United States has launched a campaign it hopes will help end dogfighting in Georgia by offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in dogfighting.

    The increase in the reward — previously $2,500 — was made possible through a donation from the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation based in Hogansville.

    “Dogfighting has no place in a civilized society,” said John Goodwin, manager of animal fighting for the society. He announced the increased reward at a news conference Thursday in the state Capitol.

    He said the reward for tips — and keeping the tipsters anonymous — “will bring people out of the woodwork” reporting dogfighting because they will know they won’t be identified to the public.

    The society also said Norred & Associates, an Atlanta-based corporate security agency, will set up a toll-free hotline for dogfighting reports and forward the tips to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The hotline number is 877-847-4787.

    “Our ultimate goal is to eliminate dogfighting,” said Greg Norred of the Norred agency. “This hotline is a way to have them report confidentially.”

    Terry Norris, executive vice president of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, said it also will provide a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

  • http://norred.com Greg Norred

    Society raises reward to target dogfighting

    Published on: 01/11/08
    The Humane Society of the United States has launched a campaign it hopes will help end dogfighting in Georgia by offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in dogfighting.

    The increase in the reward — previously $2,500 — was made possible through a donation from the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation based in Hogansville.

    “Dogfighting has no place in a civilized society,” said John Goodwin, manager of animal fighting for the society. He announced the increased reward at a news conference Thursday in the state Capitol.

    He said the reward for tips — and keeping the tipsters anonymous — “will bring people out of the woodwork” reporting dogfighting because they will know they won’t be identified to the public.

    The society also said Norred & Associates, an Atlanta-based corporate security agency, will set up a toll-free hotline for dogfighting reports and forward the tips to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The hotline number is 877-847-4787.

    “Our ultimate goal is to eliminate dogfighting,” said Greg Norred of the Norred agency. “This hotline is a way to have them report confidentially.”

    Terry Norris, executive vice president of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, said it also will provide a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

  • BARBARA

    I THING THE DOG FIGHTERS NEED TO BE LOCKED UP AND PUNISHED FOR THIS TORTURE AND ABUSE. I DONT THINK WE NEED TO BAND BULLY BREEDS, THEY ARENT REALLY BULLIES, THEY ARE LOVEABLE ANIMALS WHO DESERVE BETTER. EUTHINIZING BECAUSE OF A BREED IS LIKE THE UNFAIRNESS OF SLAVERY DAYS WITH HUMANS IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AT IT IN ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE.AND I DINT THINKS THE DOGS WHO ARE FAUGHT AND SCARRED NEED TO DIE, I THINK THEY JUST NEED SPECIal placement with someone who can deal with them. even after the abuse they arent all mean!