- Associated Press - Saturday, December 29, 2018

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A ban on animal fighting in the U.S. that had the support of Maine’s Republican senator has been signed into law.

Sen. Susan Collins was a backer of the Parity in Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act, which is part of the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation passed both houses of Congress and has been signed into law.

Collins says the act is designed to protect animals from cruelty and crack down on criminal activities that are linked to animal fighting, such as drug trafficking and gang violence.

Collins says the act will also clarify federal prohibitions on animal fighting, and make sure they extend to all U.S. territories.

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