As far as I know, this protest marks the day when UGBA decided to come out of the closet as a group. UGBA members are now proud to say “I’m A Cockfighter”.
- UGBA used to hide in the closet as a group; hence UGBA members are hiding as an individual too.
- UGBA and its members used to deny about being a cockfighter; and used to deny anything that involved cockfighting.
- UGBA website reflect its “hide in the closet” mentality; instead of fighting for freedom by saying “I’m A Cockfighter for the repeal of Cockfighting Ban”.
The video is a must see for true cockfighters. Click here for the WYMT TV Broadcast video where a TSHIRT, with “Till Death Do Us Part” cockfighting design, was featured at the end of the WYMT TV Broadcast video.
– Gameness til the End
Legalize Liberty! Legalize Cockfighting! Repeal the Cockfighting Ban!
Posted: Tue 12:27 AM, Feb 18, 2014
By: Matthew Rand
LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) – A group of demonstrators gathered to protest a provision of the new farm bill in London Monday.
The protestors say they are unhappy with a portion of the bill that would make it a federal crime to attend an animal fight, or to bring a child under 16 to one.
They say the bill takes away their rights.
“It’s up to us to protect the gamefowl community,” said Craig Davis, President of the United Gamefowl Breeders Association. “We will not stand idly by and let this injustice happen to the Kentucky citizens or the citizens of any state.”
Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, but is currently only a misdemeanor offense in Kentucky.
Click here for the MYMT TV Broadcast video.
February 21. 2014 3:38PM
By Matt Lasley
Local State Representative Candidate Craig Davis adamantly defended the “right” to cockfight to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell at a meet-and-greet in London, KY on Monday, Feb. 17.
In an interview with The Grayson County News-Gazette, Davis, who is president of the United Gamefowl Breeders Association (UGBA) and raises gamefowl himself, said he attended the meet-and-greet on “four hours notice…to speak on behalf of the people of Eastern Kentucky.”
Davis said he was asked by Eastern Kentucky cockfighting enthusiasts to speak to McConnell on their behalf regarding the recently signed into legislation Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill, a section of which makes it a federal misdemeanour to attend any kind of animal fight, including a cockfight.
“I went there to speak on the Constitution, and Civil Rights, and States’ Rights,” Davis said.
He argued that gamefowl breeders and cockfighters rely on the income that gamefowl produces for them, and he feels it is not the place of the federal government to “come in and prosecute” individuals for participating in their “culture and rural heritage.”
“These people didn’t ask for this fight,” Davis said. “All they want is to be left alone…and to do what is a God-given right to them.”
Davis said the amendments making attending cockfights illegal is an example of the federal government’s “messed up” priorities.
“We’re voting in laws to kill unborn children and defending chickens,” he said.
Davis said a fighting gamefowl is “no different than a Tyson’s [one of the world’s largest marketers and processors of chicken, beef, and pork] chicken.”
Davis also said he can sway 40-60,000 votes in the state of Kentucky against McConnell should the Senator not rescind his support of the Farm Bill.
While Davis does not personally enter the gamefowl he raises in cockfights, he said they are sold for up to $1,500 to be used in fights. He added the “only actual purpose” to raise gamefowl is to fight.
Davis said the Bible supports the practice of cockfighting, as well, citing the passage giving humans the right to grow crops for their use.
“The Bible says man has dominion over all animals,” he added.
Davis reiterated that whether he or the Federal Government agrees or disagrees with the practice of cockfighting should not determine whether an individual has the right to take part in it.
“It’s not for me to place judgment on anyone,” he said. “It’s only for God to place judgment.”
Davis also said that prior to their being made illegal, he attended cockfights in Louisiana and the Philippines; however, after it became illegal in LA, he “never went back.”
Sponsoring or exhibiting an animal in a fight was already a federal crime, but under Section 12308 of the Farm Bill, amendments were added to make attending a cockfight or any other type of animal fight a federal misdemeanour, as well.
The text of the Farm Bill section on animal fights reads as follows:
“It shall be unlawful for any person to (A) knowingly attend an animal fighting venture; or (B) knowingly cause an individual who has not attained the age of 16 to attend an animal fighting venture.”
The Farm Bill states that anyone who attends an animal fight “shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for not more than one year, or both, for each violation.”
In addition, the bill states that anyone who causes an individual under the age of 16 to attend an animal fight “shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for not more than three years, or both, for each violation.”