Magazines Keep Illegal Cockfighting Alive

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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