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May 20, 2014

Louisiana Legislature Upgrades Cockfighting Law

Louisiana state lawmakers have passed legislation to strengthen Louisiana’s cockfighting ban, and now The Humane Society of the United States urges Gov. Bobby Jindal to sign it into law. Sen. J.P. Morrell introduced S.B. 523, which tightens the definition of what constitutes a fighting bird, outlaws the possession of cockfighting paraphernalia and increases penalties so that cockfighters will face meaningful penalties when they are caught.

Louisiana was the last state in the nation to outlaw cockfighting, with the ban going into effect in 2008. The legislature upgraded the law in 2010 with legislation that made it a crime to knowingly attend a cockfight. Sen. Morrell’s bill is expected to plug any remaining loopholes in Louisiana’s cockfighting ban.

Julia Breaux, Louisiana state director for The HSUS, said: “Louisiana may have been the last state to ban cockfighting, but if Governor Jindal signs this bill, we will have one of the best animal fighting laws in the region. This state will never again be a refuge for those who engage in these cruel spectacles where roosters are forced to fight to the death.”

 

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, stwining@humanesociety.org, 240-751-3943

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