By Gary Bogue
Monday, July 23rd, 2007 at 9:36 am in Cockfighting.
All states in the U.S. have banned cockfighting. However, cockfighting is still legal in Puerto Rico, and a company wants to transmit videos of this fighting to its Web site and then charge people in the U.S. to view them.
Animal rights groups including the Humane Society of the United States claim that cockfighting is illegal animal cruelty and the Web site should also be illegal.
The company that wants to transmit the cockfighting videos says it’s a free speech issue (First Amendment rights) and they should be allowed to do it. They claim it’s a cultural tradition.
Basically, the company is saying while live cockfighting in the U.S. is illegal … depictions of cockfighting should be OK. They say it’s like watching bullfights, hunting, or fishing on TV.
If actual cockfighting, where fighting roosters slash each other to death is illegal in this country … should it still be OK for you to pay to watch Internet videos of the illegal events? Is there really a difference?
What do you think?