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Cockfighting Bill In Alabama Legislature Again This Year

by: countrycat

Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 18:00:00 PM CST


The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has sent out an action alert to members, reminding them that the Alabama Legislature has the opportunity again this year to make cockfighting a felony in the state of Alabama.

Alabama H.B. 342 (sponsored by Rep. James Fields) & S.B. 124 (sponsored by Senator Myron Penn):

  • Makes cockfighting a felony.
  • Makes it a felony to own, possess or train birds with the intent to fight.
  • Makes it a felony to promote or advertise a cockfight.
  • Makes it a misdemeanor to be a spectator at a cockfight.
  • Allows for seizure of birds in cockfights and forfeiture of property and profits.

A description of cockfighting from the HSUS site:

Left to themselves, roosters almost never hurt each other badly. In cockfights, on the other hand, the birds often wear razor-sharp blades on their legs and get injuries like punctured lungs, broken bones and pierced eyes—when they even survive.

Sadly, people often bring young children to cockfights. Seeing adults relish such brutality can teach kids to enjoy violence and think that animal suffering is okay.

Cockfighting happens in many kinds of neighborhoods and in states around the country. It is illegal in all states and a felony in 39 [PDF], which means that many states need to toughen up their laws.

Alabama could be the 40th state to do so and you can help! The HSUS has a tool to help you find your state legislators and ask them to support the legislation.

Yes, cockfighting is already illegal in Alabama, but it's only a misdemeanor punishable by a $50 fine.  Part of the cost of doing business, sir!  It's not only about the money: a felony is deemed to be a serious crime worthy of law enforcement attention, while a misdemeanor is, well, not that big of a deal overall.  Let's send a message that in Alabama, animal cruelty IS a serious crime.

You may remember that similar legislation has failed before.  Let's help pass it this year.

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Let's hope we have better luck this year in making this despicable practice a felony (4.00 / 2)
What I remember from a previous try is that Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks opposed making cockfighting a felony in Alabama.  He maintained that it would make it harder to inspect chickens for disease.  This is not a liberal or even progressive position.  I certainly hope he's changed his mind in the intervening months.

Work harder and work smarter!

Very true... (4.00 / 2)

I think this is a good bill that gets the scope of punishment right for the crime.  Surely Ron Sparks will come out in favor of it this time around.  If not, he deserves to be pounced on.

That said, I think Dragontide may be a little over-eager on this issue.  Betting on animals fighting and/or killing each other is a terrible sin, but sentencing folks to death isn't the right response.

Also, shout out to James Fields for a good bill coming to the floor.  If you haven't already, head on over to the New York Times and check out his profile from the Sunday Magazine (links aren't working in Google Chrome for some reason).

Here you go 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/magazine/28Alabama-t.html?ref=magazine

I'm working on a fairly long piece that talks about that article, Fields, and the role of race in Alabama politics in general from the perspective of a native Cullmanite and Alabamian so be looking for that in the next few days. 



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That NYT piece was really good. (4.00 / 2)
Can't wait to read your post on the subject!

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




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10 to life I say! (0.00 / 0)
Betting on living creatures killing each other is absolutely disgusting! (chickens, dogs, fish, whatever) Anyone that does has no place in American society. It should be 10 to life for anyone that places a bet and life w/o parole or death for anyone that hosts an event.

October 2012 was the 332nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below-average temperature was February 1985. - N.O.A.A.

Really? (3.00 / 1)

Dogs maybe yes, but chickens?

 We don't eat dog and we keep them as family pets. And at any rate, given the serious issues the state is facing I kind of put cockfighting at the backburner.

 



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It's a dangerous mindset (4.00 / 1)
Sitting there watching an animal kill another and cheering it on. (hoping to win a bet) Creatures that do not understand what's going on. Kind of like child molestation in a way. I wouldn't be surprised at all if those that cheer are in possession of child porn.

October 2012 was the 332nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below-average temperature was February 1985. - N.O.A.A.

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Look... (4.00 / 1)

What consenting adults decide to do in their own homes is up to them. Ohhhhhh, this is about chickens! :-P

Seriously, that stuff still goes on? 

 



"This is not a Republican or a Democratic issue. This is about the whole system being against us." - an Occupy protester at Obama's Des Moines office.

You are so bad! (0.00 / 0)
The last time the bill came up (cough, cough), Troy King was in favor of it.  The news headline possibilities with his name and "cockfighting" in the same sentence were delicious.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




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LOL! (0.00 / 0)


"This is not a Republican or a Democratic issue. This is about the whole system being against us." - an Occupy protester at Obama's Des Moines office.

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Hold on>>>>> (0.00 / 0)
I will agree with some of the comments, but the one above that mentioned "child porn" is a little out of the way.  I am a gamefowl grower and have raised the beautiful birds for many years.  I know some want to say these birds are fed drugs and all sorts of things to make them fight.  But, in fact these birds will fight as babies.  I have to seperate all of my young when they are only a few months old to keep them from KILLING each other.  It is just in their nature to fight.  it may be over territory (same as in a pit), food,mates and the change in the wind blowing as far as that goes.  That being said, if the birds are faught in a pit or on the farm yard, they will fight and sometime til death.  Now on the other hand dog fighting is a whole different story.  yes they will fight over the same things as the game fowl, but dogs can be tamed and taught better.  so I am against dog fighting PERIOD.  2 FACED???? Maybe, but thats my view.  have a great day.

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