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Gov. Brown signs path-breaking animal protection legislation

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The Humane Society of the United States Applauds Governor Brown’s Enactment of New Animal Protection Reforms

California cracks down on shark finning, animal fighting, and pet overpopulation

SACRAMENTO -– Championed by The Humane Society of the United States and other advocacy organizations, backed by Californians, and supported by overwhelmingly bi-partisan votes in the Legislature, the seven bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown this session add to California’s track record as a front-runner in initiating path-breaking animal protection legislation.

“The animals themselves may be voiceless, but Governor Brown’s signature speaks volumes,” said HSUS senior state director Jennifer Fearing. “These laws reflect Californians’ widespread support for strong, enforceable laws to protect animals.”

The governor has joined the legislature in enacting the following bills this year:
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Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Under: Animal Laws, Cats, Cockfighting, Dogfighting, dogs, Humane Laws, Wildlife | 1 Comment »

Animal rights activists cry foul over city’s deal with cockfighters

This is from the Associated Press on Monday afternoon:

“HONOLULU — Animal rights activists are calling foul over Honolulu’s decision to contract members the Hawaii Gamebreeders Association to remove feral chickens from private residences.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
Under: Animal Cruelty, Animal fighting, Cockfighting | No Comments »

PAY TO WATCH COCKFIGHTING ON INTERNET?

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?

Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2007
Under: Cockfighting | 1 Comment »