Target: Governor Gary Herbert
Goal: Make the cruel sport of cockfighting a felony in Utah
While most Western states have made cockfighting a felony, Utah has yet to make this happen. Currently an anti-cockfighting bill has passed the state’s House Judiciary Committee and is on its way for a full House vote. If passed, cockfighting would become a first class felony for those who participate in this blood sport. Support must be maintained for this bill to pass.
While the sport is illegal in all fifty states, Utah does not make it a felony. This leaves Utah with the most lenient of laws in this blood sport, enticing cock fighters into the state. However there is opposition to this bill, as cock fighters say the sport is a tradition. One such family, the Whites, have been breeding and fighting roosters for almost four generations. Jamen White’s daughter, who also participates in the fights, named her rooster “Killer,” and White calls the sport a way for the family to hold reunions.
But supporters of the anti-cockfighting bill believe that cockfighting is a blood sport. The Humane Society Director of Utah showed various weapons that are used on the rooster, including spurs that are attached to the rooster’s legs.
It is deplorable that pitying two animals against one another is considered a pastime. Sign this petition and support this bill. Make cockfighting a felony and stop this blood sport.
Dear Governor Herbert,
I am writing this letter to offer my support for the bill that will make cockfighting a felony in Utah. It has come to my attention that there are vocal opponents of this bill, many of them cock fighters themselves. While they may claim that cockfighting is a tradition and not a blood sport, I have to seriously disagree. If there is blood spilled and lives lost, it should be considered a blood sport.
It is not humane to pit animals against each other for human entertainment. It is not humane to strap blades and other implements to an animal’s legs for a faster kill, nor is it humane to inject steroids and other medications into an animal to enhance its performance. I hope you will support the passing of this bill into law because quite frankly I find the idea of cockfighting to be despicable and deplorable. Those who participate and provide the roosters for the fights should be charged with a felony.
[Your Name Here]
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