A yearlong investigation by the Humane Society of the United States to uncover the prevalence of cockfighting in Texas found more than 100 cockfighting rings – from small border towns to major cities like Dallas.
Texas has become a magnet for cockfighting because the state’s current law is full of loopholes. HSUS has repeatedly called attention to the problem and on Monday the organization released a video that further exposed the cruelty and abuse that is widespread in the blood sport.
Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS said, “We documented numerous cruelties. Roosters were forced to fight to the death even when they were hobbled with broken legs. One rooster that lost his fight was hung upside down by his leg and clubbed with a tree branch. Injured roosters were tossed into the back of a pickup truck to die, where some cockfighters tormented them by pulling at their heads and beaks to see if they had any fight left in them.”
The video also tells how the roosters are routinely given “adrenaline boosting drugs” to make them more aggressive and how razor blades are tied to the the legs of the birds so they could slash their opponents.
Cockfighting is a felony in Texas, but the current law only applies to the people that actually place their own rooster into the pit to fight.
It does not cover spectators who attend the events and bet on the roosters’ lives and it doesn’t criminalize people who raise the birds with the intention of fighting them.
In addition the law doesn’t outlaw the buying and selling of cockfighting paraphernalia, like the tiny razors that quicken the killing.
These loopholes have been outlawed in the cockfighting laws in the four states surrounding Texas.
HSUS is working with Texas lawmakers, Rep. Wayne Christian and Patricia Stepp of the Texas Animal Control Association to introduce H.B. 1043 which will close the loopholes and bring cockfighting laws in line with the stronger dogfighting laws that are already in place.
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