Make cockfighting a felony in Ky and we want enforcement

  • by: Sheila Ray
  • target: The Governor of KY, The KY State Senate, The KY State House

This animal cruelty, professed as "sport", has been covered up for too long. The non fighting public wants stricter laws. It does not matter WHO is participating, law enforcement, etc., or what areas it lives in, ...all kentuckians should be held accountable.

The Governor Beshear
The KY State Senate 
The KY State House


I recently read on that the state of Kentucky has once again been selected by the Animal Legal Defense Fund as the worst state in the nation for legal protections for animals. It's the eighth year that Kentucky has been selected for this dubious honor, and I am writing to urge you to make some changes for Kentucky animals. 

Kentucky probably cemented its place on the ALDF's list as early as Feb. 2010, when the Humane Society of the United States recorded a cockfight, at which uniformed law officers were present. 

 Animal fighting is only a misdemeanor, and many believe the current law does not protect chickens, but only four-legged animals for fighting. 

Cockfighting continues to be popular in Kentucky, and people travel from out of state to attend cockfights. It is estimated that one million roosters are used in cockfights each year in the state. 

Considering that this illegal activity is  openly operating in pits all across the state, it has implied that the cockfighting ban, passed in 1893, is irrelevant. This disrespect of the rule of law has started a movement to overturn it, which most of Kentucky citizens would be against.

At the very least, the language of the current law should be clarified to protect birds as well as four-legged animals. The popularization of this cruel and barbaric blood sport is an embarrassment to the state. I urge you to make cockfighting a felony in Kentucky. 

Thank you. 

Sheila Ray

Update #13 years ago
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