Make Cockfighting Illegal and Punishable in Rooster-Breeding Hot Spot

Target: Randy McNally, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Tennessee State Senate

Goal: Make cockfighting a felony punishable with extensive prison time.

The barbaric practice of cockfighting is being exported around the world, with breeders in East Tennessee fueling this heinous activity. According to reports, about 150 fighting roosters were bred and shipped from Tennessee to the region of Guam alone within the past few years. State animal welfare advocates, and even some Congressmen, are demanding an investigation into the unidentified breeders. Even this step is no guarantee of justice. Tennessee stands as one of only a handful of states that do not criminalize cockfighting at the felony level.

The poor roosters involved are essentially bred for abuse, often enduring deplorable living conditions and cruel treatment before they even enter their first match. Once the animals officially become fighters, they can expect ghastly wounds, broken bones, punctured longs…and these outcomes occur if they are “lucky.”  The tragic end for most of the animals comes with a violent death. Many promoters even affix the roosters with razor-sharp knives to ensure maximum blood and devastation.

Sign the petition below to demand Tennessee join most of the country in treating these inhumane acts as the sick crimes they will always remain.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Lt. Governor McNally,

Bills to make cockfighting a felony have failed in the past and look at the results. Currently, East Tennessee is a ground-zero breeder and top exporter of this destructive form of animal cruelty. State and federal attorneys have received appeals, even from among your own ranks, to investigate and prosecute these potential wide-scale crimes. Yet in the absence of a strong law that unequivocally condemns this barbarism, no justice will be served.

Both animals and humans can suffer from this horrific blood industry. The roosters bred for sick entertainment will endure the most harm, losing blood, body parts, and ultimately their lives. Just take one look at a picture of the aftermath of this “entertainment,” and your perspective will be forever changed. If these innocent animals are not enough of an incentive for you to act, then consider the possible consequences of enabling this industry where humans can come into such close contact with the bodily fluids of injured, sick animals. We have at least three global pandemics in the last century as concrete proof of this danger.

Send a forceful message that you care about the safety and welfare of all living beings in Tennessee. Banish barbaric cockfighting from this state once and for all.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Zoosnow




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5 Comments

  1. Gloria Navan says:

    It’s ludicrous that cockfighting is actually condoned in the U.S. It is a cruel
    practice. These birds suffer tremendously. The spectators, promoters, and
    owners are only looking for money. Very few law enforcement officials consider
    this important enough to bother to enforce any laws and look the other way.

  2. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE IN 2020 THERE ARE STILL ENOUGH DEPRAVED HUMAN BEINGS IN TENNESSEE WHERE COCK FIGHTING IS STILL LEGAL? THIS IS THE UNITED STATES, FOR GODS SAKE!!!!! . . . NOT SOME BACKWARD, 7TH CENTURY 3RD WORLD COUNTRY!!!! AND HOW DOES TENNESSEE GET AWAY WITH NOT PROSECUTING UNDER THE P.A.C.T. ACT WHICH MAKES ANIMAL ABUSE A FEDERAL CRIME?????????????????????

  3. GUESS WE SHOULD STOP CALLING OURSELVES ‘A NATION OF RULES’ WHEN THE NEW P.A.C.T. ACT MAKING ANIMAL ABUSE A FEDERAL CRIME IS IGNORED!!!!!!!!! WE CAN GET SHOT ON A TRAFFIC STOP, BUT WIDE SCALE, BARBARIC ANIMAL ABUSE- – – A FEDERAL CRIME!!!!! IS IGNORED AT THE WHIM OF THE OFFICIALS WHOSE JOB IT IS TO ENFORCE THE LAWS WE PASS!!!!!!

  4. What?!? This is way past sick entertainment. There is a problem here. This needs to be stopped now.

  5. An eye for an eye is required! Hunt the hunters!

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