Louisiana State Senate debated on stronger anti-cockfighting law

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The sports of cockfighting includes but not limited to Naked Heel (natural spurs, cut natural spurs, spurless, tape boxing), Peg, Postiza, Short Knife, Short Heel, Long Heel, Short Knife, Long Knife, Taji, Indian Knife. And other style of fighting.

Chicken Boxing is part of Naked Heel (natural spurs, cut natural spurs, spurless, tape boxing).

Anti-cockfighting Laws are unconstitutional, unjust, and oppressive.

  • US Courts are trampling Liberty
  • US Senate and House are trampling Liberty
  • State Legislatures are trampling Liberty

Instead of looking for loopholes, we have to focus on our fight for our individual liberty rights:

  • One court case at a time for cockfighting freedom
  • One legislation at a time for cockfighting freedom

– Gameness til the End

PS

LEGALIZE COCKFIGHTING !

Cockfighting is gamecock farming and sports.

REPEAL COCKFIGHTING BAN !

The last legal cockfight in the Mainland of the United States was on August 2008.

LEGALIZE LIBERTY !

Cockfighting is legal in the Territories of the United States; where it is a booming chicken farming industry as well as chicken sports industry.

Louisiana state senator worries strengthened cockfighting law would outlaw ‘chicken boxing’

By Emily Lane, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
April 01, 2014 at 12:35 PM, updated April 02, 2014 at 12:29 AM<

At a Glance: The current cockfighting law contains language that makes it difficult to enforce because it specifies a certain species of chicken. Proposed legislation would fix the loophole by expanding it to include any kind of foul forced into fighting for sport. It also increases penalties by putting them on par with dog fighting. The Louisiana Senate Judiciary C Committee advanced the bill Tuesday (April 1), but not without some debate from a St. Landry Parish lawmaker about ramifications of the proposed law revisions on a sport he called “chicken boxing.”

The bill: Senate Bill 523, sponsored by Sen. J.P. Morrell, changes the definition of “chicken” to be any bird, game fowl, rooster or other bird. The bill also outlaws cockfighting paraphernalia, such as spurs or knives, when coupled with evidence that its being used to train chickens to fight. The bill also increases penalties for first and second offenses.

The debate: Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, said the bill expands the law too much, criminalizing what he called “legitimate sport of chicken boxing,” which he said goes on in his district and is apparently less vicious. Morrell, surprised, said he hadn’t heard of chicken boxing but said any sport that forces birds into fighting already is, and should be, illegal.

Louisiana Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, said the rubber “gloves” used in “chicken boxing” wrap around talons in a loop. (Emily Lane, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Guillory also said people in his district raise “15th-generation” fighting chickens to export them to places where it’s legal, and he objected to legislation that would criminalize that activity. Morrell, again somewhat taken aback, noted that is likely already illegal to raise multi-generational fighting chickens for export, comparing it to someone who buys a lot of pseudoephedrine (like Sudafed) and ships it to “a trailer in Texas,” presumably, to make the illegal drug methamphetamine, or meth.

James Demoruelle, 53-year veteran cockfighter from Ville Platte also testified and spoke passionately about his joy for the sport, saying it’s not cruel because chickens don’t fight unless they want to fight.

The voice: “The rest of the world looks at our state and what we do when we encourage things that are widely viewed as barbaric or backwards behavior. ” — Morrell

“God put the fight in the chicken, not man” — Demoruelle

The vote: Voting in favor of the bill was Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton; Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, D-Baton Rouge; Sen. Fred Mills, R-New Iberia; and Sen. Bodi White, R-Baton Rouge. Voting against the bill was Gullory and Sen. Jonathan Perry, R-Kaplan.

Next step: Heads to full Senate.

Read more: The legislation will address some issues that law enforcement had when charging those in a case where more than 700 roosters were seized in eastern New Orleans cockfighting bust.

Lagniappe: Humane Society of the United States Animal Cruelty Director John Goodwin contacted NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune shortly after this article’s publication to claim that “chicken boxing” is not a sport. “‘Chicken boxing’ is just a creative excuse the cockfighters have come up with to mask their real agenda, which is to maintain the weakest penalties for cockfighting as possible,'” he said. To assess which birds they take to cockfighting derbies, cockfighters reportedly spar the birds by putting them against each other in a sort of practice match to determine how accurate they hit, how high they break and their general fighting ability. When the birds are sparred, “sparring muffs” are tied to their legs instead of knives. “Sometimes (sparring muffs) do look like little boxing gloves,” Goodwin said. “I’ve seen them put sparring muffs on display to try and fool people into thinking they were using these little rubber or plastic muffs instead of knives, but it’s just a ruse.”

Click here to view a video of the debate.

La. Senator: ‘Chicken boxing’ is not cockfighting

Posted: Apr 01, 2014 6:17 PM CDT Updated: Apr 01, 2014 6:18 PM CDT
By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A Louisiana senator is opposing a bill that would close loopholes in a state cockfighting ban, saying it threatens the legitimate, less bloody sport of “chicken boxing.”

The criticism from Republican Sen. Elbert Guillory, of Opelousas, seemed to confuse senate judiciary committee members and stunned New Orleans Sen. J.P. Morrell, a Democrat from New Orleans who proposed the loophole-closing bill.

Chicken boxing?

Guillory represents an area of rural Louisiana that fought to keep cockfighting legal prior to the ban. He said chicken boxing is a sport that uses some of the paraphernalia involved in cockfighting, but he said the matches aren’t fought to the death.

He described chicken boxing as similar to human kickboxing, with chickens kicking at each other while wearing rubber “gloves” that cover the spurs on their legs. The chickens face each other in rounds of 10 minutes each, and Guillory said there’s little chance of serious injury with veterinarians on hand to monitor the matches.

“Instead of a blade or exposed spur, they hit each other with these boxing gloves on, which is quite safe,” Guillory said after the hearing. “There’s no blood.”

When the issue was raised in the committee hearing, Morrell didn’t know what Guillory was referencing.

“I have no knowledge whatsoever on chicken boxing so I cannot speak to that,” Morrell said. “I have never heard of that. It sounds like something to circumvent cockfighting.”

Guillory replied, “There is a legitimate sport known as chicken boxing. It has nothing to do with cockfighting, and it is clear that this bill would interfere, would criminalize that legal enterprise.”

Morrell said what Guillory described – two chickens fighting each other – already is banned under the 2008 Louisiana law that criminalized cockfighting.

The two men will carry the fight into the full Senate, after the judiciary committee voted 4-2 to advance Morrell’s proposal.

John Goodwin, director of animal cruelty policy for the Humane Society of the United States, said there is no such sport as chicken boxing.

In an email, he said that chicken boxing “is just a creative excuse the cockfighters have come up with to mask their real agenda, which is to maintain the weakest penalties for cockfighting possible.”

Cockfighting is a rural tradition in which specially bred roosters, often outfitted with spurs, gaffs or knives, fight to the death while spectators place wagers on the outcome. For years, lawmakers resisted animal rights activists’ efforts to outlaw it. They relented in 2007, and the ban took effect a year later, making Louisiana the last state to make the rooster fights illegal.

Morrell said his proposed bill would tighten the state’s cockfighting ban, putting it in line with state laws that prohibit dogfighting.

The bill would broaden the definition of “chicken” in the current law to include roosters, game fowl and other birds. It also would criminalize the possession, manufacturing, buying and selling of spurs, gaffs and knives if there is evidence the paraphernalia is being used to fight chickens. The bill also would toughen the penalties for anyone convicted of cockfighting.

“My concern is about the breadth of this bill,” Guillory said. “It covers all chickens. I represent a rural area where people raise a lot of chickens, including chickens that are 15th- and 20th-generation fighting birds that are exported legally and legitimately to other nations.”

Morrell said it was illegal to raise chickens for fighting.

“These are not fighting chickens,” Guillory replied.

Guillory and Sen. Jonathan Perry, R-Kaplan, voted against the bill. Perry said he was concerned about the penalties.

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Online:

Senate Bill 523 can be found at www.legis.la.gov




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