End Cruel and Deadly Cockfights

Target: Mississippi Senator Deborah Dawkins

Goal: Save roosters from a painful death by making cockfighting a felony in Mississippi

Although cockfighting has been outlawed in the United States since the 1800s, Mississippi is one of 10 states where violators of the law are only charged with a misdemeanor and a maximum fine of $100. In the other 40 states, animal abusers who subject roosters to this violent bloodsport receive felony charges and much higher penalties.

Bred to be aggressive and equipped with razor blades that are attached to their legs, cockfighting roosters are trained to fight to the death. Surviving roosters are likely to suffer broken bones, pierced eyes and punctured organs, in which case they are no longer healthy enough for matches and are often left to die by their human trainers.

With its weak laws and low fines, Mississippi is a hotspot for this illegal and sadistic sport. Citizens from all over the country flock to the state, despite the fact that it is also illegal to cross states lines for the sole purpose of attending an animal fight.

Tell government officials that you support efforts to create and pass a bill that would make cockfighting in Mississippi a felony that carries a much larger fine, and help put an end to this cruel sport.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Dawkins,

Mississippi is one of just 10 states in the U.S. where cockfighting is not a felony. Individuals caught participating in this cruel bloodsport only receive misdemeanor charges and a small $100 fine.

Bred for unnatural aggression and fitted with razorblades attached to their legs, cockfighting roosters are forced to battle to the death. The surviving bird typically suffers life-threatening injuries such as broken bones and pierced organs. Now unsuitable for future cockfights, the rooster’s injuries go untreated and it is left to die a slow, painful death while the trainer prepares another bird for the ring.

Not only is cockfighting incredibly barbaric and inhumane, but it is also a breeding ground for other illegal activities, including drug sales and gambling. Enforcing stricter cockfighting laws would help save these naturally gentle creatures from unnecessary slaughter as well as deter illegal drug and gambling activities.

I urge you to support efforts to create and pass a bill that makes cockfighting in Mississippi a felony with a much larger fine, and help put an end to this sadistic sport.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. people that put these birds to fight each other are just cowards, they like to watch something else fight, they just need stringing up and left, I thought this sort of awful thing had stopped years ago, I though people had more sense and caring for all creatures, what a joke. I wish them all some awful times in their lives.

  2. Too cowardly to fight for themselves. Ineffectual, cowardly scum bags.

  3. ALL ANIMAL FIGHTERS ARE COWARDS AND SCUM, AS ARE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT COME TO WATCH THE SLAUGHTER. MOST LACK THE GREY MATTER TO DO ANYTHING ELSE, OTHER THAN GO ON STATE AID. COME ON MISSISSIPPI, GET WITH THE YEAR 2014, ANIMAL CRUELTY, ANIMAL FIGHTING IS SICK, PUT A STOP TO IT NOW AND MAKE IT A FELONY LIKE MOST OF THE USA HAS DONE. ALSO, FINE THE SCUM A LOT WHEN THEY ARE CONVICTED AND USE THE FUNDS TO PAY FOR MORE HONEST LAW ENFORCEMENT TO STOP THE FIGHTING. MAKES FOR MORE JOBS.

  4. paula eaton says:

    Stop this blood thirsty violence towards innocent animals.

  5. This is like dog-fighting, bull-fighting,all these animal blood sports.For these bastards to make a dime on the pain and suffering of innocent animals.The laws are not strict enough,the fines not high enough.
    The “good ole boy”mentality! These guys need to grow a pair, then maybe they wouldn’t need this to be a “man”.

  6. Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable.

    “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal positions on this earth?”
    George Bernhard Shaw

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with normal humans.

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