Kudos to Jim Demoruelle (a Hero Cockfighter from Louisiana) who is fighting for freedom of the next generations. Jim Demoruelle is the current President of Louisiana GBA (Gamefowl Breeders Association).
Also check out:
- UNOFC article: Promote cockfighting as a free man! Or live a lie as a chicken profiteer
- GTTE article: Biological classification of a chicken
– Gameness til the End
United Nations of Cockfighting’s (UNOFC) First Thirteen Principles of Cockfighting From All Over The World:
- Cockfighting As A Religion
- Cockfighting As A Political Party
- Cockfighting Is An Individual Liberty
- Cockfighting Is The Only Universal Sports
- Cockfighting 8000BC
- Cockfighting Is A Livelihood
- Cockfighting Is An Industry
- Cockfighting Is A Lifestyle
- Our Eggs (aka Gamecocks) Are Our Property
- We Loved Our Gamecocks (aka Eggs) More Than Anything
- Cockfighting is the Only Reason There are Great Breeders and Great Cockfighters
- The Youth is the Hope of Our Future
- There Can Be No Tyrants Where There are No Slaves
Posted: Nov 22, 2013 10:02 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Nov 22, 2013 10:47 PM
A Ville Platte man is ruffling feathers, questioning the constitutionality of a ban on cockfighting. Louisiana was the last state to ban the fights back in 2008. But specifically, the law bans fighting between chickens, and that’s where the challenge comes in.
The man is challenging the language, and is asking why the law should apply to roosters. The case went to the Attorney General’s office, which just issued its opinion. It’s good news for the chickens, but not for the Ville Platte man. But no matter what, he thinks he has a fighting chance.
A warning, some might find video in this report disturbing.
Jim Demoruelle enjoyed cockfights for 53 years, up until it was outlawed 5 years ago.
“You know cockfighting is labeled as cruel. It is not cruel. I will never believe that it’s cruel, and most of the people that claim that have never seen the first cockfight,” said Demoruelle.
Cockfighting is when two roosters face off, often to the death, with small blades, or pick-like gaffs, attached to their legs. Sometimes they fight with their natural spurs.
“The chicken is an athlete. He has to be treated like an athlete. That means a consistent diet of good food,” said Demoruelle. “You can’t abuse a gamecock and expect him to perform when he’s called on to fight.”
He challenges that the law only applies to chickens, not roosters. But the Attorney General’s opinion is that no matter how you split feathers, a rooster is a chicken. But Demoruelle believes the decision violates an earlier law.
“The Right to Farm Act protects modern, and tradition farming methods,” said Demoruelle. “gamecocks we harvest by fighting, like you harvest a thoroughbred by running it on the racetrack.”
And while he doesn’t own any chickens now, he is adamant about getting a license.
“If I get a license it is legal, than I will have chickens. I don’t think I deserve the right, I demand the right and that’s a big difference,” said Demoruelle. “I’m not begging. I’m not asking permission. I’m telling you what I’m going to do.”
Demoruelle hopes the Attorney General will revisit the opinion. If the decision is not reversed, he plans on pursuing legal action against the state.
Friday, November 22, 2013 11:21 EST
The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office has declared that, for the purposes of the 2008 statute banning cockfighting, a fighting rooster is technically a chicken.
The anti-cockfighting statute defines a “chicken” as “any bird which is of the species Gallus gallus, whether domestic or feral.”
An Assistant District Attorney in Evangeline Parish, J. Gregory Vidrine, wrote a letter to the Attorney General’s Office on behalf of “interested parties” who wanted to circumvent that ban by fighting birds of a species other than Gallus gallus.
The parties on whose behalf Vidrine petitioned the Attorney General’s Office are led by long-time cockfighting advocate Jim Demourelle. They claim that so long as the fighting birds they employ belong to a subspecies other than Gallus gallus, the statute would not apply to them.
The Attorney General’s Office concluded, in no uncertain terms, that “[f]rom a genetic and morphological standpoint, there is, currently, no way for a ‘chicken’ not to be a member of the proscribed G. gallus genus and species.”
For his part, Demourelle says he will continue his attempt to skirt the cockfighting ban. The Attorney General’s Office’s decision “totally sidestepped the question I asked,” he told The Morning Advocate.
“My argument is that, first of all, game chickens are private property,” and “[t]hat law clearly violates your right to use your property.”