As the animal protection movement continues to push for passage of the
federal anti-cockfighting bills (S. 345 and H.R. 1155), attention is also
focusing on the national magazines that promote cockfighting and serve as
the glue that holds the industry together. The Gamecock, The Feathered
Warrior, and Grit and Steel not only advertise the sale of fighting birds
and implements, but also upcoming derbies and the results of past derbies.
The Kentucky Gamefowl Breeders’ Association (KYGBA) has routinely placed
advertisements in these magazines promoting upcoming cockfighting derbies,
even though cockfighting is illegal in the state.
These promotions clearly violate a 1976 amendment to the Federal Animal
Welfare Act (AWA) which states that “it shall be unlawful for any person
to knowingly use the mail service of the United States Postal Service or
an interstate instrumentality for purposes of promoting or in any other
manner furthering an animal fighting venture except as performed outside
the limits of the States of the United States.” [7 USCS
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