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  • politicalanimal13
    Please forward to all animal advocates and humane minded citizens! The United Gamefowl Breeders Association (UGBA) is holding their annual meeting at the
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 11, 2002
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      Please forward to all animal advocates and humane minded citizens!

      The United Gamefowl Breeders Association (UGBA) is holding their
      annual meeting at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, AR on August 22-
      25.

      Ironically, cockfighting has been illegal in Arkansas since 1879. In
      fact, voters are expected to overwhelmingly approve a ballot
      initiative in Arkansas this fall that would make cockfighting a
      felony in that state. Cockfighting is not welcome in Arkansas.

      Why is the Arlington Hotel allowing their premises to be used by
      common criminals?

      The UGBA claims they are not a cockfighting organization, but rather
      a gamefowl breeding organization. Yet two things reveal this claim
      to be ludicrous. The first is that the gamefowl are bred for
      fighting and not much else. Second, the leader of the UGBA has been
      arrested in the past for having an illegal cockfight on her property
      in OH (the same property that for some time housed the UGBA office as
      well).

      Please call the Arlington Hotel (1-800-643-1502) and ask why they
      want criminals using their hotel. Would they also lease space to the
      National Man/Boy Love Association, advocates of bestiality or
      proponents of child pornography? If not, then why are they allowing
      the cockfighters in?

      Please the Arlington Hotel and ask them to cancel their plans to host
      the UGBA's annual meeting.

      The number to call is 1-800-643-1502.

      A fact sheet on cockfighting is pasted below. This fact sheet comes
      from the HSUS web site about animal fighting, www.animalfighting.org.
      -----------
      Cockfighting Fact Sheet

      1. What is cockfighting?
      Cockfighting is a centuries-old blood sport in which two or more
      specially bred birds, known as gamecocks, are placed in an enclosure
      to fight, for the primary purposes of gambling and entertainment. A
      cockfight usually results in the death of one of the birds; sometimes
      it ends in the death of both. A typical cockfight can last anywhere
      from several minutes to more than half an hour.

      2. How does it cause animal suffering?

      The birds, even those who do not die, suffer in cockfights. The birds
      cannot escape from the fight, regardless of how exhausted or injured
      they become. Common injuries include punctured lungs, broken bones,
      and pierced eyes. Such severe injuries occur because the birds' legs
      are usually fitted with razor-sharp steel blades or with gaffs, which
      resemble three-inch-long, curved ice picks. These artificial spurs
      are designed to puncture and mutilate.

      3. Are there other concerns?

      Yes. Law enforcement raids across the country have revealed several
      disturbing facets of this so-called sport. Gambling is the norm at
      cockfights. Thousands of dollars can exchange hands as spectators and
      animal owners wager large sums on their favorite birds. The owners of
      birds who win the most fights in a derby (a series of cockfights) may
      win tens of thousands of dollars of presumably unreported income.
      Firearms and other weapons are common at cockfights, mainly because
      of the large amounts of cash present. In addition, cockfighting has
      been connected to other kinds of violence┬Śeven homicide, according to
      newspaper reports.

      Law enforcement officials have documented a strong connection between
      cockfighting and the distribution of illegal drugs. Drug enforcement
      agents often learn about animal fighting operations as a result of
      narcotics investigations.

      The presence of young children at cockfights is an especially
      disturbing element. Exposure to such brutality can promote
      insensitivity toward animal suffering and enthusiasm for violence.

      4. Aren't these birds natural fighters?

      While it is true that birds will fight over food, territory, or
      mates, such fights are generally only to establish dominance within a
      group (the pecking order) and seldom result in serious injury. This
      natural behavior is quite different from what happens in staged
      cockfights, where pairs of birds, bred for maximum aggressiveness
      (and sometimes given steroids or other drugs to make them more
      successful fighters) are forced to fight until a winner is declared.

      5. Isn't cockfighting part of our heritage?

      While it is true that cockfighting has been practiced for centuries
      in various countries, including the United States, "old" does not
      necessarily mean right or even acceptable. At one time the United
      States allowed slavery, lacked child abuse laws, and refused women
      the vote.

      6. Is there a trend toward treating the crime of cockfighting more
      seriously?

      Yes. It is illegal in almost every state, and most states
      specifically prohibit anyone from being a spectator at a cockfight.
      Recently many states have increased the seriousness of a cockfighting
      charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. In addition, the federal
      Animal Welfare Act prohibits the interstate transport of birds for
      use in cockfights to states with laws against cockfighting. We
      encourage prosecutors to indict those involved in cockfighting not
      only on illegal gaming charges but also for conspiracy to commit a
      crime and illegal gambling.

      7. What can I do to help stop cockfighting?

      If you live in one of the states or territories where cockfighting is
      still legal, please write to your legislators and urge them to ban
      it. If you live in one of the states where it is still only a
      misdemeanor, please write to your state legislators and urge them to
      make it a felony offense. (To find out how your state treats
      cockfighting, see State Cockfighting Laws below.)

      We encourage you also to write letters to the media to increase
      public awareness of the dangers of cockfighting and to law
      enforcement officials to urge them to take the issue seriously. We
      have provided sample letters in this packet. You may want to display
      our cockfighting poster in your community; additional copies can be
      ordered from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

      If you suspect that cockfighting is going on in your own
      neighborhood, alert your local law enforcement agency and urge agency
      officials to contact The HSUS for practical tools, advice, and
      assistance.
    • Colleen Klaum
      I also posted this in one of my other groups pa13. *Colleen* politicalanimal13 wrote: Please forward to all animal advocates and
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 11, 2002
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        I also posted this in one of my other groups pa13. *Colleen*

        politicalanimal13 <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote: Please forward to all animal advocates and humane minded citizens!

        The United Gamefowl Breeders Association (UGBA) is holding their
        annual meeting at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, AR on August 22-
        25.

        Ironically, cockfighting has been illegal in Arkansas since 1879. In
        fact, voters are expected to overwhelmingly approve a ballot
        initiative in Arkansas this fall that would make cockfighting a
        felony in that state. Cockfighting is not welcome in Arkansas.

        Why is the Arlington Hotel allowing their premises to be used by
        common criminals?

        The UGBA claims they are not a cockfighting organization, but rather
        a gamefowl breeding organization. Yet two things reveal this claim
        to be ludicrous. The first is that the gamefowl are bred for
        fighting and not much else. Second, the leader of the UGBA has been
        arrested in the past for having an illegal cockfight on her property
        in OH (the same property that for some time housed the UGBA office as
        well).

        Please call the Arlington Hotel (1-800-643-1502) and ask why they
        want criminals using their hotel. Would they also lease space to the
        National Man/Boy Love Association, advocates of bestiality or
        proponents of child pornography? If not, then why are they allowing
        the cockfighters in?

        Please the Arlington Hotel and ask them to cancel their plans to host
        the UGBA's annual meeting.

        The number to call is 1-800-643-1502.

        A fact sheet on cockfighting is pasted below. This fact sheet comes
        from the HSUS web site about animal fighting, www.animalfighting.org.
        -----------
        Cockfighting Fact Sheet

        1. What is cockfighting?
        Cockfighting is a centuries-old blood sport in which two or more
        specially bred birds, known as gamecocks, are placed in an enclosure
        to fight, for the primary purposes of gambling and entertainment. A
        cockfight usually results in the death of one of the birds; sometimes
        it ends in the death of both. A typical cockfight can last anywhere
        from several minutes to more than half an hour.

        2. How does it cause animal suffering?

        The birds, even those who do not die, suffer in cockfights. The birds
        cannot escape from the fight, regardless of how exhausted or injured
        they become. Common injuries include punctured lungs, broken bones,
        and pierced eyes. Such severe injuries occur because the birds' legs
        are usually fitted with razor-sharp steel blades or with gaffs, which
        resemble three-inch-long, curved ice picks. These artificial spurs
        are designed to puncture and mutilate.

        3. Are there other concerns?

        Yes. Law enforcement raids across the country have revealed several
        disturbing facets of this so-called sport. Gambling is the norm at
        cockfights. Thousands of dollars can exchange hands as spectators and
        animal owners wager large sums on their favorite birds. The owners of
        birds who win the most fights in a derby (a series of cockfights) may
        win tens of thousands of dollars of presumably unreported income.
        Firearms and other weapons are common at cockfights, mainly because
        of the large amounts of cash present. In addition, cockfighting has
        been connected to other kinds of violence´┐Żeven homicide, according to
        newspaper reports.

        Law enforcement officials have documented a strong connection between
        cockfighting and the distribution of illegal drugs. Drug enforcement
        agents often learn about animal fighting operations as a result of
        narcotics investigations.

        The presence of young children at cockfights is an especially
        disturbing element. Exposure to such brutality can promote
        insensitivity toward animal suffering and enthusiasm for violence.

        4. Aren't these birds natural fighters?

        While it is true that birds will fight over food, territory, or
        mates, such fights are generally only to establish dominance within a
        group (the pecking order) and seldom result in serious injury. This
        natural behavior is quite different from what happens in staged
        cockfights, where pairs of birds, bred for maximum aggressiveness
        (and sometimes given steroids or other drugs to make them more
        successful fighters) are forced to fight until a winner is declared.

        5. Isn't cockfighting part of our heritage?

        While it is true that cockfighting has been practiced for centuries
        in various countries, including the United States, "old" does not
        necessarily mean right or even acceptable. At one time the United
        States allowed slavery, lacked child abuse laws, and refused women
        the vote.

        6. Is there a trend toward treating the crime of cockfighting more
        seriously?

        Yes. It is illegal in almost every state, and most states
        specifically prohibit anyone from being a spectator at a cockfight.
        Recently many states have increased the seriousness of a cockfighting
        charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. In addition, the federal
        Animal Welfare Act prohibits the interstate transport of birds for
        use in cockfights to states with laws against cockfighting. We
        encourage prosecutors to indict those involved in cockfighting not
        only on illegal gaming charges but also for conspiracy to commit a
        crime and illegal gambling.

        7. What can I do to help stop cockfighting?

        If you live in one of the states or territories where cockfighting is
        still legal, please write to your legislators and urge them to ban
        it. If you live in one of the states where it is still only a
        misdemeanor, please write to your state legislators and urge them to
        make it a felony offense. (To find out how your state treats
        cockfighting, see State Cockfighting Laws below.)

        We encourage you also to write letters to the media to increase
        public awareness of the dangers of cockfighting and to law
        enforcement officials to urge them to take the issue seriously. We
        have provided sample letters in this packet. You may want to display
        our cockfighting poster in your community; additional copies can be
        ordered from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

        If you suspect that cockfighting is going on in your own
        neighborhood, alert your local law enforcement agency and urge agency
        officials to contact The HSUS for practical tools, advice, and
        assistance.





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