We, the undersigned, endorse the following petition:
WHEREAS, the cruel, bloodthirsty, and corrupt practice of cockfighting, currently a misdemeanor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, poses grave risks to the moral, ethical, legal, and economic fabric of the great Commonwealth of Virginina; and
WHEREAS, the depravity of this vicious "sport" was amply documented in the Sunday, January 28, 2007, article in The Washington Post, "Raid Puts Harsh Light on Rural Va." (Page C03, http://tinyurl.com/2g4g64), stating in part: "In December 2005, when North Carolina elevated the penalty for cockfighting to a felony, Virginia became second only to Alabama in the leniency of its penalties. (Louisiana and New Mexico have not banned cockfighting.)"; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia, far from a third world backwater, has traditionally been a leader in the forefront of democracy, technology, commerce, and the birthplace of human rights; and
WHEREAS, the hideous criminal spectacle of cockfighting, perpetrated by howling spectators clutching fistsful of blood-spattered cash, is an affront to the dignity of the great Commonwealth of Virginia and the entire nation;
WHEREAS, Virginia Senate Bill 1190 (http://tinyurl.com/2nq23o; see also http://tinyurl.com/2udtnf) seeks to amend and reenact § 3.1-796.125 of the Code of Virginia, stating in pertinent part:
"A. Any person engaging in fighting of cocks or other animals, except dogs, is guilty of a Class 6 felony.
"B. Any person who possesses, owns, trains, or sells any animal for the purpose of fighting is guilty of a Class 6 felony.
"C. Attendance at the fighting of cocks or other animals shall consistute a Class 1 misdemeanor."
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Senate Bill 1190 should be swiftly passed, enacted, and signed into law, that Virginia's unique and vital role in American history may not be shamefully degraded; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the dedicated law enforcement professionals of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and all its counties, do their utmost to prosecute animal torture and gambling on blood sports, appropriately to the duly sworn officers of a civilized state; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the attached signatures be respectfully presented to The Honorable William Roscoe Reynolds, bill sponsor, and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Honorable William Roscoe Reynolds be thanked and commended for contributing this vital bill to the agenda of the General Assembly.
"Raid Puts Harsh Light on Rural Va." The Washington Post, January 28, 2007. (http://tinyurl.com/2g4g64)
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