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March 30, 2010

The HSUS Commends Hawaii House for Killing Cockfighting-Friendly Resolution

HONOLULU — Inga Gibson, Hawaii state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response to the unanimous vote by the Hawaii House of Representatives recommitting House Resolution 199 and House Concurrent Resolution 277 back to the Tourism, Culture and International Affairs Committee:

"The Humane Society of the United States commends the Hawaii House of Representatives for effectively nixing a resolution that seeks to affirm cockfighting as a culturally acceptable practice. That was the right move. Step two is pass legislation to make cockfighting a felony as it is in 39 other states. Only with a strong law against this barbaric practice can we hope to eradicate it in Hawaii."

Cockfighting Facts:

  • In cockfights, roosters are fitted with two- to three-inch knives or ice-pick-like gaffs and are forced to fight, often to the death.
  • Hawaii has one of the nation's weakest cockfighting laws. The crime is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in of imprisonment and/or a maximum $2,000 fine. Thirty-nine states deem cockfighting a felony crime.
  • Cockfighting is associated with illegal gambling, drug distribution and, due to the large amounts of gambling proceeds, illegal firearms. Organized crime, child endangerment and human violence are also common at cockfights.
  • The HSUS offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in illegal dogfighting or cockfighting. Our national toll-free tip line is 1-877-TIP-HSUS (847-4787).

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