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July 20, 2007

Bishop Speaks Out Against Cockfighting

The Humane Society of the United States

April 25, 2007

To Whom It May Concern:

I join with others in support of SB 39, the ban of cockfighting. This is an inhumane practice that leads to the ill treatment of animals as well as fuels an unhealthy atmosphere in which gambling runs rampant. I encourage the immediate passage of this bill.

The United Methodist Church has taken a clear stand on the issue of Animal Life. Our Social Principles states in Paragraph 160.C:

"We support regulations that protect the life and health of animals, including those ensuring the humane treatment of pets and other domestic animals, animals used in research, and the painless slaughtering of meat animals, fish, and fowl We encourage the preservation of all animal species including those threatened with extinction."

It is past time for this cruel and inhumane practice to end.

Sincerely,

William W. Hutchinson
Bishop, Louisiana Area
The United Methodist Church

Updated Oct. 2, 2007

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