Be a Lover, Not a Fighter

Posted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on May 14, 2007

It’s probably no surprise that I, as an animal advocate, have yet to understand how a human could find enjoyment in watching or participating in animal fighting. This barbaric act nauseates me to even think about. Yet, unfortunately, animal fighting is woefully popular in the U.S. and across the world.

Recently however, the U.S. has taken steps to further ban animal fighting activities. On May 3, President Bush signed into law a bill that takes effect immediately and will help law enforcement rid the United States of dog fighting, cockfighting, and other forms of animal fighting. In addition, on May 8, a state Senate panel approved legislation that would immediately make cockfighting a felony in Louisiana, the last state to allow this barbaric and inhumane activity. The Louisiana House of Representatives ok’ed a similar bill to ban cockfighting the following day, with a 101-1 vote.

Is there hope? I choose to think so. Some say cockfighting will move underground just as dog fighting has. It’s almost naïve to think that it won’t. But banning all animal fighting and placing stiff penalties on those who break the law is a first step in bringing an end to this needless form of animal suffering.