Perdue Signs Dogfighting Bill

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The new law, which goes into effect immediately, makes it a felony to be involved in dog fighting.

The law also makes it a crime to to breed the animals for fighting and posses a dog with the intent to fight the animal.

"I think it's rough. I grew up in a Christian family and it's not right to fight animals. I don't think it's the right thing to do. I think they should be punished to the furthest extent really," said Georgia resident Cody Humphries

Animal rights activists have been pushing for years to change
Georgia's laws -- which they say -- were among the weakest in the nation.

They credit Michael Vick's guilty plea to dog fighting charges with making the new laws possible.