Make Cockfighting a Felony

Target: Utah State Senator Gene Davis

Goal: Make the inhumane practice of cockfighting a felony

Cockfighting is a cruel practice where two birds known as gamecocks, bred for their aggression, are made to fight until one of the birds wins. Generally, the losing bird is killed during the fight and the surviving bird is often seriously injured. Currently in Utah cockfighting is only a misdemeanor offense, but a new bill has been introduced to make this horrendous practice a felony. Tell Utah State Senator Gene Davis that you support the new cockfighting bill and urge the Utah legislature to pass it and make cockfighting a felony.

Gamecocks endure cruel training regimes to increase their aggression, speed, and balance. They are often given steroids to make them fearless and stronger. Their combs and waddles are removed and artificial metal spurs are attached to their legs to make them more lethal. While roosters will fight in the wild to establish dominance, the fights generally do not result in serious injury or death. In a cockfight the birds are forced to keep fighting, often resulting in punctured lungs, broken bones, and pierced eyes.

Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, but only a felony in 39 of them. In Utah it is only considered a misdemeanor offense. The winner of a cockfight can win tens of thousands of dollars, so having to pay a fine if they are caught is not much of a deterrent. In addition, cockfighting is frequently associated with illegal drugs, weapons, and organized crime.

Support a new bill sponsored by Utah State Senator Gene Davis to make cockfighting a felony offense in the state of Utah and urge the Utah legislature to pass this bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Davis,

I support your efforts to make the cruel practice of cockfighting a felony offense in the state of Utah. These gamecocks are bred, trained, and drugged for extreme aggression with fights resulting in punctured lungs, broken bones, pierced eyes, and death. Artificial spurs are secured to their legs, often 3 inch razor sharp spikes, to increase the blood flow and damage caused. These animals are mutilated for entertainment.

While roosters will fight for dominance in the wild, those skirmishes rarely result in injury and end as soon as the pecking order is established. What these gamecocks are being forced to do is unnatural. In addition, the practice of cockfighting is often accompanied by illegal drugs, guns, and organized crime.  In many other states, even just attending a cockfight is illegal.

The current misdemeanor status of cockfighting in the state of Utah does not act as a deterrent. When fight winners can make tens of thousands of dollars, the prospect of a fine and a slap on the wrist won’t stop them. Mr. Davis, I fully support your efforts to make cockfighting a felony in Utah and I urge the Utah legislature to pass this important bill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT! THIS HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

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

    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.

    • The comments are from surface thinking hypocrites so far!In answer to their raving a chickens place in our society is mainly that of a doomed food source !Millions of chickens die each year for Hot Wings,and fried chicken!There is no wrong USE of a chicken!The Meat Poultry Industry hangs chickens upside down and cut their throats so their still beating heart exits the blood from its still kicking body !That’s not classified as animal cruelty !In the Egg Laying Industry the female chicks are separated from the male chicks that drop alive into a meat grinder ! That isn’t classified as animal cruelty !Cockfighting is just another use of a chicken !Unlike the Politicians they are sending roosters into combat not Americas young soldiers.

  2. paula eaton says:

    This is just as vicious as dog fighting. This is animal abuse and needs to stop.

    • Animal abuse…thats a very vague term you use…once again..hitting a dog with a bat is ABUSE…starving a cat is abuse…two roosters battling …is not…abuse. or abusive at all…never has been , never will be…as simple as that..my question to you…how come hsus.peta and what have you..can kil!!! hundreds of dogs and cats each day…and they not be held accountable for their actions…thats blanted killing..and out right wrong…they take in millions each year…and spend less than one percent of that…on animal well fare…HOW IS THAT NOT ABUSE.???

  3. Gerry Pinion says:

    In Oklahoma quite awhile back we, the people, voted to outlaw this horrendous act of animal cruelty. Our very ignorant legislature that did not give a hoot about what we wanted for our state made it legal to continue this animal cruelty. I think each and every idiot that denied most Oklahomans their vote should be put in jail for their contribution FOR animal cruelty. A real embarrassment for our state.

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