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Kentucky Troopers Caught on Tape Attending Cockfight...Undercover Footage Shows Kids, Officers at Cockfight, Animal Rights Group


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At least four law enforcement officers can be seen in the crowd, including a Kentucky state trooper who was talking to a young boy.Kentucky is among 11 states where cockfighting is a misdemeanor, while in other states it is a felony offense, ...



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"I have a $1.2 billion deficit. I'm not worried about that bill right now, excuse me," House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.Shortly after the Humane Society of the United States video was released, the Lexington Herald Leader quoted Stumbo as saying, "A lot of people argue that it's a tradition in our country."When asked the difference between dogfighting and cockfighting, Stumbo told the newspaper, "You don't eat dog in a Kentucky Fried Chicken."

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Ky. troopers caught on tape attending cockfightUndercover footage shows kids, officers at cockfight, animal rights group says

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MANCHESTER, Ky. — Two roosters tear at each other in a fenced ring in a recent match in Kentucky.

But even more shocking then the illegal fight in the ring may be who was in the crowd watching, says the Humane Society of the United States.

Camera footage from an undercover operation shows children and uniformed police officers attending the recent cockfight, the Humane Society says.

"Cockfighting is a cruel blood sport that is illegal in Kentucky and every other state," said John Goodwin, manager of animal fighting issues for the group. "Kentucky police officers should not treat this criminal activity with a wink and a nod, and it's another sign that state lawmakers must act to strengthen the penalties for cockfighting."

The video released Tuesday shows fights at a cockfighting pit in Manchester, Kentucky, the Humane Society said.

As the roosters thrash at each other, the camera pans to the crowd of dozens gathered, cheering for the birds. At least four law enforcement officers can be seen in the crowd, including a Kentucky state trooper who was talking to a young boy.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear released a statement about the video.

"The Governor has spoken to the Kentucky State Police commissioner. Regarding this incident depicted on video, the Kentucky State Police are conducting an internal inquiry," the statement said. "However, Kentucky State Police are fully committed to enforcing all criminal laws, including those against animal cruelty."





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Published: February 25, 2010 09:06 am print this story

Caught in a cockfight

Clay County official latest to endorse Ky. bill

By Becky Manley / Staff Writer

In the wake of the release of an undercover video of a cockfight attended by law enforcement officers, the Clay County sheriff is the latest to endorse a Kentucky bill that would make cockfighting a felony.

According to John Goodwin, manager of animal fighting issues for The Humane Society of the United States, 27 Kentucky sheriffs now support a bill filed by Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Lousiville, that clarifies the state’s existing prohibition against animal fighting and makes the crime a felony.

No Tri-County sheriffs are included among the names on a list Goodwin released late Wednesday.

The endorsement by Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson follows the release of an undercover video taken by the animal rights group at the Laurel Creek Game Club in Clay County.

The video, which Goodwin said was taken during cockfights in January 2009 and on Feb. 6, shows uniformed law enforcement officers present at the fights.

On Wednesday, Johnson confirmed he had seen the video and that one of the officers present is Dwayne Hess, a volunteer deputy with his department.

Johnson said Hess went to the Laurel Creek Game Club in January 2009 after his department received information that a fugitive was at the cockfight.

An internal review is underway at the Clay County Sheriff’s Department about the matter, Johnson said.

Johnson emphasized he has supported the changes to the Kentucky law about animal fighting before the video’s release because he believes animal fighting is cruel regardless of the species involved.

“I’m definitely for the clarification of the law,” Johnson said.

Johnson declined to identify the state police officer shown at both fights in the video, although the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Johnson identified the officer as Greg Hill of the London post.

Capt. Lisa Rudzinski, London post commander, referred media questions to Lt. David Jude, the commander of Kentucky State Police Media Relations Branch.

Jude, who also wouldn’t identify the state policeman shown in the undercover video, said an internal inquiry has been initiated about the matter.

Goodwin said The Humane Society of the U.S. first informed Kentucky State Police officials about the police presence at the fights but when that agency failed to respond, the video was made public.

After undercover investigators first went to the Laurel Creek Game Club in 2009, Goodwin said it was a “shock” to find police there.

“We’ve never been to the pit when there weren’t uniformed officers there,” Goodwin said.

Kentucky is among 11 states where cockfighting is a misdemeanor, while in other states it is a felony offense, Goodwin said.

Since some officials have questioned whether Kentucky law applies to birds, Kentucky police have been less likely to enforce animal cruelty laws when it comes to cockfights, Goodwin said.

Goodwin cautioned that Kentucky could become more of a “hotbed” for cockfighting as surrounding states make penalties for animal fighting harsher.

The Humane Society of the U.S. estimates there are about15 large-scale, organized cockfighting rings in Kentucky and Goodwin said the fights are always accompanied by illegal gambling.

“That is why it (cockfighting) exists,” Goodwin said. “It is an animal cruelty crime and gambling crime.”




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HSUS Investigation Reveals Uniformed Police Officers Attended Ky. Cockfights FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Humane Society of the United States held a press conference to announce that two separate undercover investigations revealed uniformed law enforcement officers - including a state police officer and a local constable - attending the Laurel Creek Game Club cockfighting pit and apparently failing to enforce the state's anti-cockfighting law.

(Media-Newswire.com) - FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Humane Society of the United States held a press conference to announce that two separate undercover investigations revealed uniformed law enforcement officers — including a state police officer and a local constable — attending the Laurel Creek Game Club cockfighting pit and apparently failing to enforce the state's anti-cockfighting law. See unedited video here.

"Cockfighting is a cruel blood sport that is illegal in Kentucky and every other state, and is often associated with narcotics, violence and other crimes," said John Goodwin, manager of animal fighting issues for The Humane Society of the United States. "Kentucky police officers should not treat this criminal activity with a wink and a nod, and it's another sign that state lawmakers must act to strengthen the penalties for cockfighting."

According to a January 2010 survey of 625 Kentucky voters by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc., 79 percent of voters agree that cockfighting is animal cruelty and should be a felony crime. The margin for error was plus or minus four percentage points.

H.B. 169, introduced by Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Louisville, would set meaningful penalties for this crime as well as provide law enforcement with additional tools to identify and prosecute all forms of animal fighting. Twenty-five county sheriff's departments in Kentucky have endorsed the legislation, and The HSUS called on the Kentucky State Police to join the coalition supporting this anti-crime and anti-cruelty measure.

Kentucky residents are asked to take action by visiting humanesociety.org/kycockfighting.


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Cockfighting Tape Likely Won't Lead To Crackdown
Lawmakers Working To Clarify Current Law
By Steve Burgin/WLKY

POSTED: 5:08 pm EST February 24, 2010
UPDATED: 6:16 pm EST February 24, 2010
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Despite newly released video from the Humane Society of the United States that shows cockfighting, don't expect Kentucky lawmakers to make sweeping changes in the state's cruelty to animals law anytime soon.The Humane Society of the United States video appeared to show a Kentucky State trooper and another law enforcement officer attending cockfights in Clay County.The Humane Society of the United States said the video was taken of cockfights in Manchester, Ky.The tape showed kids in attendance.The video apparently showed a trooper present and that has prompted an internal state police investigation.Kentucky lawmaker Joni Jenkins of Jefferson County is a sponsor of a bill that would make cockfighting a felony instead of a misdemeanor, but it is stalled in committee."I've heard from some law enforcement folks that say the current statue as it stands today is vague," Jenkins said.Because of the vagueness of the present law, Jenkins is now more inclined to work to clarify it as it now stands, and is battling to increase the penalty."I have a $1.2 billion deficit. I'm not worried about that bill right now, excuse me," House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.Shortly after the Humane Society of the United States video was released, the Lexington Herald Leader quoted Stumbo as saying, "A lot of people argue that it's a tradition in our country."When asked the difference between dogfighting and cockfighting, Stumbo told the newspaper, "You don't eat dog in a Kentucky Fried Chicken."A few years ago, WLKY was part of a Humane Society investigation into cockfighting in Burkesville, Ky. The undercover investigation also found kids present back then along with signs and ads about the events.Jenkins said since the recent video was released, she's been getting calls from parents who don't want their children exposed to cockfighting."I think it's something Kentucky should be concerned about. We are one of only a few states that don't make this activity a felony. We are becoming a mecca for that kind of activity," Jenkins said.While some in law enforcement may think the statute is ambiguous, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said it is clear that cockfighting has been against the law for years.

Previous Stories:

* February 24, 2010: Humane Society Releases Video Of Trooper At Cockfight
* August 16, 2005: Charges Dropped For Hundreds Arrested In Cockfighting Sting
* March 26, 2004: Area Car Dealership Ends Affiliation With Cockfighting
* July 14, 2003: Kentucky Cockfighting Ring Dismantled
* May 15, 2003: Target 32: New Law Could Cripple Cockfighting Industry
* November 21, 2002: Animal-Rights Activists Target Breeders Of Cockfighters
* August 1, 2001: Illegal Cockfighting Probe Ruffles Feathers
* August 1, 2001: Illegal Cockfighting Probe Ruffles Feathers
* August 1, 2001: Cockfighting Outrages Humane Society
* July 13, 2001: Activists Cry Fowl Over Cockfighting




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Updated: 9:01 PM Feb 24, 2010
Cockfighting debate heats up in Kentucky
Animal rights activists want cockfighting to become a felony offense in Kentucky, but supporters of cockfighting want to see it legalized completely.
Posted: 6:19 PM Feb 24, 2010
Reporter: Janet Kim
Email Address: janet.kim@wkyt.com
Cockfighting debate heats up in Kentucky


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The controversy over cockfighting in Kentucky continues to heat up, a day after an undercover video surfaced.

The Humane Society of the United States provided the video of what they say is a fight in Eastern Kentucky, with several uniformed law enforcement officers in attendance.


But many now are coming forward, standing up for their industry.

The roosters raised on Eddie Partin's Whitely County farm are considered gamefowl. They're essentially raised to fight.

"If they see each other, they fight," says Joseph Bennett, who also raises roosters. "We don't do anything to them. They fight on their own."

Animal rights activists want cockfighting to become a felony offense in Kentucky. It's currently just a misdemeanor. However, supporters of cockfighting want to see it legalized completely.

"That would put us up there with murderers and rapists, but we aren't bothering anybody," says Bennett.

Those that raise roosters fear if cockfighting becomes a felony, it would mean the roosters would have to be destroyed.

"The chicken would have to be killed because there's nothing you can do with it," says Partin. "It would make gamefowl go extinct. That's the only way to stop cockfighting."

Partin says that's because these roosters aren't typically eaten because their meat is tough, but we're told they'll live longer than ones raised to be slaughtered.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo told media outlets this week that he doesn't believe it's the worst crime ever committed, and he knows some believe it's been a Kentucky tradition for a long time.

"It's been in our country for generations," says Bennett.
 

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Jack S. (0)
Saturday April 9, 2011, 7:31 pm
cocking aint bad,murder rape and drug dealing is bad,besides cocking is a big revenue for those small towns in ky,if you live or have been through there you know there is nothing there and cock fighters come from all over to fight their birds which means the eat at restraints,stay at hotels,buy gas,cigeretts,etc,if they make it a felony more people will be unemployed than they are now,the locals should push to have it legalized,then pit owners would have to run a legal taxable business,which means revenue for the county and state.that would also cut down on welfare in those areas,cock cock county tn. is a lot like ky and when they shut down the 2 pits there close to 300 people lost their jobs there cause the store,restraints,motels,etc ,lost a lot of business and they had to let some employe's go,so i think ky residents should conceder making it legal,after all the government aint gonna give you or your state nothing and they aint gonna pay your bills when you lose your job,and for the record i am a animal lover and i don't believe in animal cruelty but i don't think this is cruelty,find and watch food inc it show all about the food industry and how your food including chicken is raised and that my friends is cruel and inhumain
 
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