Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Overturn Voter Initiative on Cockfighting

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, reacted to the decision on November 15th by the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling on a voter initiative banning cockfighting:

"The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the absurd arguments of cockfighters and put an end to the courtroom shenanigans of a small group of people desperate to continue cruel practices that voters outlawed in a recent election," Pacelle remarked. "The Humane Society of the United States is pleased that Oklahoma will remain the 48th state to ban staged fights between animals, and this brings us one important step closer to our goal of outlawing cockfighting in every jurisdiction in the United States."

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization with more than eight million members and constituents. The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research and farm animals and sustainable agriculture. The HSUS protects all animals through legislation, litigation, investigation, education, advocacy and fieldwork. The non-profit organization, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2004, is based in Washington, DC and has 10 regional offices across the country.

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