ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Fifty-fifth Legislature

Second Regular Session

House: GE DP 13-0-0-0


HB2324: animal fighting; cockfighting; minors presence

Sponsor: Representative Kavanagh, LD 23

House Engrossed

Overview

States that any person who knowingly causes, allows or assists a minor to be present at an animal fight or cockfight is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.

History

Statute specifies that a person commits animal fighting by knowingly owning, possessing, keeping or training any animal if the person has reason to know or knows that the animal will engage in an exhibition of fighting with another animal. Animal fighting is also defined as causing any animal to fight with another animal for amusement or gain. Animal fighting is a class 5 felony (A.R.S. 13-2910.01). A person who is knowingly present at a place or building where animal fights or preparations are being conducted is guilty of a class 6 felony (A.R.S 13-2910.02).

Cockfighting is committed by a person who knowingly owns, possesses, keeps or trains any cock with the intent to engage in an exhibition of fighting with another cock and for amusement or gain, causes any cock to fight with another cock or causes any cocks to injure each other. Cockfighting is a class 5 felony (A.R.S. 13-2910.03). A person who is knowingly present at a place or building where preparations are being made for an exhibition of the fighting of cocks or the exhibition is taking place is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor (A.R.S. 13-2910.04).

Provisions

1.   ☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteStipulates that any person who knowingly causes, allows or assists a minor to be present at an animal fight or cockfight or any place or building where preparations for such fights are being made is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. (Sec. 1)

2.   Specifies that this classification does not preclude the prosecution of the person for any offense based on acts not specifically outlined. (Sec. 1)

3.   Contains an emergency clause. (Sec. 2)

 

 

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HB 2324

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