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Cockfighting is a barbaric "sport" that must be stopped. All states have outlawed it but it continues to happen in communities across the country. We demand that all states increase the criminal charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. Enacting harsher laws across all states, will hopefully discourage cockfighting once and for all!

Signed,

Jessica Dahl

This petition closed over 2 years ago

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Cockfighting is a terrible practice where people make bets as two roosters are placed in a ring to fight to the death. The birds are bred to be aggressive and often wear knives that are attached...

Cockfighting is a terrible practice where people make bets as two roosters are placed in a ring to fight to the death. The birds are bred to be aggressive and often wear knives that are attached to their spurs. These ‘weapons’ are sharp enough to break bones or puncture an eye or lung.

Investigations have shown that cockfighting is usually connected to other crimes like gambling, drugs, illegal firearm sales and even murder. Furthermore, because cock-fighting rings are often family-run operations, children are usually present, too. Such exposure to this cruelty could desensitize children and make them think that animal abuse is acceptable.

Cockfighting is illegal in all states but its continuations means that states need to make harsher penalties. Many states have raised the criminal charge from a misdemeanor to a felony, but not all states have gotten on board yet.

Find out about the laws in your state by clicking here:
http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/animal_fighting/cockfighting_statelaws.pdf

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