Cockfighting is a bloody, brutal sport and should remain illegal. Those who participate in it should be penalized in a way that we hope will make them avoid it in the future.
The Alabama Game Fowl Breeders Association will oppose the bill. They claim to be a legitimate non-profit organization (although the sport they support is illegal).
Former state Rep. Ken Guin has been hired to represent the Breeders Association and says most of the birds are raised to be shipped out of state, or even out of the country and many are shown in events somewhat like dog shows.
Notice the use of “most” and “many” in Guin’s argument against this bill. That means “some” of the birds are used for other purposes. We can only presume that illegal cock fights are that purpose and that means the breeders are supporting an illegal activity.
Guin says the birds are raised in more humane conditions than most poultry and are shipped in individual cages. Perhaps so, but in the end, those birds are going to be released into a fighting ring, facing another bird intent on killing.
There is nothing humane about that. The bill should be passed, and then it should be enforced.