February 22, 2012
Religious Leaders Condemn Cockfighting in New HSUS Video
The Humane Society of the United States collaborated with religious leaders in creating a new video to increase awareness of the cruelty of cockfighting.
In a cockfight, two roosters fight each other to the bitter end while spectators, sometimes with children in tow, place bets. Left to themselves, fighting roosters almost never hurt each other badly, but cockfights continue until one or both birds die. In addition to the evident animal abuse, cockfighting often goes hand in hand with gambling, drug dealing, illegal gun sales, and murder.
Focus on Alabama
The HSUS worked with religious leader Dr. Richard Land to produce a TV commercial, based on the video above, to advocate for stricter laws in Alabama to crack down on the criminals that participate. Alabama has the weakest cockfighting law in the nation, and two bills now in the Alabama legislature, S.B. 175 and H.B. 176, would overhaul Alabama's cockfighting law by making this crime a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a $6,000 fine.
Whichever state you live in, please ask your legislators to support a federal bill to criminalize knowing attendance at cockfights.