January 27, 2005

ROOSTER'S GOTTA DO WHAT A ROOSTER'S GOTTA DO (via mc and Robert Tremblay):

Senator Wants Boxing Gloves on Chickens (AP, 1/27/05)

A state senator has a plan for saving Oklahoma's gamefowl industry now that cockfighters are legally prohibited from pitting birds fitted with razor-like spurs.

State Sen. Frank Shurden, a longtime defender of cockfighting, is suggesting that roosters be given little boxing gloves so they can fight without bloodshed. The proposal is in a bill the Democrat has introduced for the legislative session that begins Feb. 7.

"Who's going to object to chickens fighting like humans do? Everybody wins," Sen. Frank Shurden said.

Oklahoma voters banned cockfighting in 2002. The practice is still legal in Louisiana and New Mexico.

Removing the blood from the sport takes away the main argument animal rights groups have against cockfighting, Shurden said.

"Let the roosters do what they love to do without getting injured," Shurden said.

If only Steve Largent had thought of that he'd be governor today.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2005 12:39 PM

They already have them for training.

Left to themselves, gamecocks fight to the death without a great deal of bloodshed.

They batter each other till one wears out, but the final act is fairly gruesome, as the victor pecks at the comb and head of the dying victim, who struggles not to live but to get in one more punch before checking out.

That's why they're called game cocks.

This goes on all the time next door.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at January 27, 2005 3:15 PM

Forcing animals to fight for our amusement is the very definition of barbarism. Let the inbred yokels of Eastern Oklahoma put on spurs and fight to the death and let the roosters bet on them.

Posted by: Bart at January 28, 2005 1:58 PM

They're chickens--we eat them. May as well let them have some fun first.

Posted by: oj at January 28, 2005 2:50 PM

You don't have to force them, Bart.

You have to put them on short leashes to prevent them from fighting.

When one breaks free, which happens pretty often, he goes around and challenges all the others, still tethered, until he's dead.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at January 28, 2005 4:16 PM