39 states have classified cockfighting as a felony, but Kentucky lags behind. Animal fighting is only a misdemeanor in the state.
There is also a loophole in the law, as the phrasing of the law is ambiguous. As it is written now, many believe the current law against animal fighting does not apply to chickens, but only protects four-legged animals.
Cockfighting has grown in popularity in Kentucky as a result, with people coming from out of state to watch the bloodsport. It is estimated that one million roosters are used in cockfights each year in the state.
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I recently read on Change.org 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 fourth 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.
Although 39 states have classified cockfighting as a felony, Kentucky lags behind. 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 as a result of this loophole, 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.
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.
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