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Investigation Says Texas Is A Cockfighting Magnet

Investigation Says Texas Is A Cockfighting Magnet

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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4:45PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Another Texan here who is appalled at this disgusting and cruel behavior. Look at the idiot we have running our state. This is another sad consequence of having such wildly varying laws from state to state and community to community. We're all Americans, aren't we?

12:31PM PST on Mar 11, 2011

I apologize to all good people. I live in Texas, and of course vote Dem. I know we're a joke, and I make fun of us, also -- but have some patience -- it's hard down here, being liberal, and we are fighting as hard as we can.

As enlightened people move to Austin, which is BLUE, things are changing -- they move outside of Austin to RED towns, bedroom communities, and are changing the complexion of our state. In our county, Kerry got 40% of the vote, and Obama, much the same, and I live in the country, outside of a very conservative, repub ranch town -- so we are turning purple. When I moved here, we were dry, because of the baptists, and now we have a liquor store, and you can order wine and beer in restaurants. (I know this sounds archaic, and it was -- old ways die hard).

We were a Democratic state when LBJ was Prez, but when he pushed for civil rights, the racists here, rebelled. But remember, MLK: the arc of justice bends forward. It just takes time. I'll be lobbying to tighten the law, to include "party participants", not only the owners of the roosters.

9:36AM PST on Mar 3, 2011

texas -- just a smorgasbord of fun ...

4:16PM PST on Feb 23, 2011

These people are IGNORANT PEOPLE. We should not allow what these retards do because they have nothing better to do.

9:28AM PST on Feb 23, 2011

Won't watch the video, I can imagine the horrors! ALL animal fighting needs to be outlawed!

10:02AM PST on Feb 21, 2011

I hope they all rot in hell along with all other people who abuse animals.

1:34AM PST on Feb 21, 2011

Subhumans in their element ... and it seems, bringing up their children in the same tradition.

5:02PM PST on Feb 20, 2011

Oh no! I hope TX can pull itself together.

2:58PM PST on Feb 20, 2011

OMG!! I can identify with everyone's opposition to this cruel, horrendous & disgusting form of what these sub-human idiots call 'entertainment'. And to subject their chilldren to it is so far beyond wrong in so many ways; IT IS CHILD ABUSE.

SHAME ON EVERY ONE OF YOU SO-CALLED SUB HUMANS INVOLVED; ATTENDING; CONDONE & ALLOW THESE ACTIONS TO GO ON.

8:25AM PST on Feb 20, 2011

If these guys are so tough why don't they fight to the death with other meatheads. Get rid of the loopholes in Texas law now.

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