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The USPS Proposes a Ban on Cockfighting Publications

The USPS Proposes a Ban on Cockfighting Publications

The US Postal Service is proposing an amendment to their policies on shipping mailings that violate the Animal Welfare Act, namely publications about animal fighting.

As of last year cockfighting has been banned in every state, and is considered a felony in most. However, there are still magazines dedicated to promoting the so-called sport, including The Gamecock and Grit and Steel. A third publication, The Feathered Warrior, stopped printing in July.

The Humane Society sued the Postal Service in 2007, under the pretense that their refusal to stop mailing cockfighting magazines was a violation of the Animal Welfare Act and the Postal Reorganization Act. In 2009, the Postal Service was ordered by a federal court to reconsider its decision.

“The advertisement and shipping of fighting birds, magazines, knives and other contraband are the glue that holds the animal fighting industry together. It is long past time for the Postal Service to stop enabling this organized criminal industry,” according to the Humane Society.  

The Postal Service will be taking comments on the proposed change until September 2, 2009.

For more information, visit the Humane Society’s Cockfighting Fact Sheet

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2:42PM PDT on Aug 17, 2009

Thank God!!! I've been praying and hoping for something, anything to bring an end to this disgusting, nasty, vulgar practice! I come from the U.S. and now live in a place where ths is still legal. We have beautiful chickens walking all over the place - it's heartbreaking to think many end up in stupid cock-fights; which they do. So, YES, please - this is a good first step to show those who think it's a great sport, that it's cruelty and violates animals and people as well.

12:04PM PDT on Aug 17, 2009

Please let this be one of the beginnings to the end of one of the most ancient barbaric practices worldwide, and let the media start telling the TRUTH!

11:41AM PDT on Aug 17, 2009

Its all very well to ban this terrible sport, but who is going to enforce it? When people are being gunned down in the streets and in their homes, what chance do you see for animals and birds. First of all get rid of the guns.

11:11PM PDT on Aug 13, 2009

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

-Benjamin Franklin

The first amendment is not there to protect popular speech, only unpopular or unapproved of speech. I don't like cockfighting either, but it would be more beneficial to put one's money where their mouth is and buy out all the victims from the fighters.

7:26PM PDT on Aug 13, 2009

Just thought this needed repeating. For those who think their "rights" are being violated, and this will lead to ALL their rights being violated. I get sick of hearing about that slippery slope crap.

"we give up various freedoms in order to maintain civility in our society. considering a ban or a law against literature that incites illegal activity is a reasonable and justified course of action."

7:26PM PDT on Aug 13, 2009

Oh and further info on the magazines (maybe you should research what it is they are trying to ban before you comment on it?) :

http://www.hsus.org/acf/news/amazoncom_summary.html

7:22PM PDT on Aug 13, 2009

I see my post was completely ignored by you, Chuck P. Or perhaps you simply chose to skip over facts...

It is not the DISCUSSION of the "sport" that they are discussing banning. It is the advertising of it and the profiting from images of it.

From the HSUS:

Facts:

* A review of 11 issues of The Gamecock and The Feathered Warrior found that more than 90 percent of the magazines' advertisements contain solicitations to commit a crime.

The Animal Welfare Act prohibits the use of the U.S. mail to promote animal fighting.

The First Amendment does not protect speech that proposes unlawful commercial transactions. Many legal experts agree there is no First Amendment protection for the sale of animal fighting magazines.

You can in a lot of bookstores, including online ones, pick up books discussing these "sports". No one (at least no one official) has suggested banning these books. You can discuss it freely on several websites. You would even be allowed to create an organization that tries to fight making the fights illegal - as there is the "make drugs legal" ones... all of this is allowed and even protected.

I actually believe I read on the HSUS website that there is a dog fighting "club" of sorts, but I cannot find info about it now.

I protect your right to speak about it, but not do it. I do not protect your right to advertise rings, or other illegal activities... neither does the first amendment.

6:25PM PDT on Aug 12, 2009

we give up various freedoms in order to maintain civility in our society. considering a ban or a law against literature that incites illegal activity is a reasonable and justified course of action.

4:44PM PDT on Aug 12, 2009

I am a Fox News fan. And I think there should be a ban on this publication -- the postal service could stop the delivery of it. We all know it encourages the barbaric activity

I am a marketing pro and all the research says people -- especially children --are influenced by violence they see or read. They become desensitized.

It is an illegal activity. The post office shouldn't deliver it.

4:39PM PDT on Aug 12, 2009

I am a Fox New fan. And I think there should be a ban on this publication -- the postal service could stop the delivery of it. We all know it encourages the barbaric activity.

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