Felony? Let's get serious here. Cock fighting might be dumb, it might be
cruel, it might be a silly waste of time--but it is not a felony. Felony should
be reserved for crimes against humans, not against animals--regardless of the
Is this really a big problem in Utah? How many arrest were made last year for
cockfighting? Felonies should be reserved for the most heinous offenses. If
everything is a felony, than it dilutes the truly despicable acts that warrant a
Let's get serious here.Cockfighting is somewhere near the
bottom of a long list of issues that people should care about. Somewhere around
the level of changing sports team names which might offend someone, or how
college football championships are determined.Besides, we are seeing
that you can pass whatever laws you want, but it is totally irrelevant because
laws are ignored daily, on both trivial and serious matters.We are
trillions of dollars in debt, have millions of people here illegally, the
government is arming Mexican drug gangs, Obama is spying on law abiding
citizens, and the IRS is engaged in voter suppression, and millions of people
are abusing welfare and disability programs. And the Salt Lake Police Chief
refuses to do anything to criminals who should not even be in the country.So, cockfighting is despicable and immoral, but as far as further
criminalization that will not be enforced, as Rhett Butler said, "Frankly,
my dear, I don't give a ..."
Prosecuting animal cruelty is never a waste of time. People who commit acts of
violence against animals often go on to commit acts of violence against humans.
A 1997 study discovered that 40% of convicted animal abusers had committed acts
of violence against people. In another study, 70% of animal abusers had records
for other crimes. 13% of animal abuse convictions reveal a history of domestic
violence. Other studies have shown that exposing children to animal
cruelty carries long-term developmental and psychological implications, among
them a desensitization to violence, and an inability to empathize with others.
Children exposed to animal cruelty are also more likely to engage in abusive
behaviors. Cockfighting is a brutal, bloody business with no social
or cultural value. Nor is this a matter of (as one lawmaker put it) "making
criminals out of good people". Good people don't force
animals to maim and kill each other. "Good people" don't attend
cockfights and they don't bring their children to cockfights. Deliberate,
considered, and sociopathic behavior should be prosecuted as a felony.
How many people have you seen charged for Bigamy as this is a misdemeanor and
polygamy as a felony? When will uncle sam let us free?
DN Subscriber,I am sorry that you take God's commandment to be
a steward unto the earth so lackadaisically. To also indict those people who
object to having their heritage stereotyped and abused by a school mascot
(something that has nothing to do with the article) is not surprising, as you
seem to deem anyone and everyone who is different from you as inferior.
Highlighting the problems of the federal government is also irrelevant to this
article. Why did you even bring it up? Trying to obfuscate?As
Collete said, those who abuse animals often abuse humans. I have no problem
with a felony charge for this crime. If you don't want the felony,
don't do the crime. It's very simple.
cockfighting as a felony, as soon as they lockup rapist and child predators for
the rest of their lives then I will support this. Also when your first DUI is
charged as a felony.
Claudio,Correlation doesn't prove causation. Generations of
human beings engaged in "blood sports," et there are no studies that
have demonstrated that violence against humans has declined since many of these
sports have been banned.
Oatmeal, using the non-existence of results from studies which haven't been
performed is certainly a novel way to attempt to prove your premise. Points for
creativity. However, studies *have* been done that prove both
co-relation and causation between the likelihood that people (or kids) who abuse
animals, also abusing humans.
So, accepting as fact the correlation and causation between despicable animal
cruelty and even more heinous mistreatment of humans, neither of which are
severely punished now, how will passing another law fix the problem?It will not. It is merely the typical symbolic, feel good, "must pass a
law" approach that liberals favor to "fix" most problems, while they
later come back and argue against enforcement because the alleged perp was
spanked as a kid, or drank sugary drinks.Passing more laws does not
fix anything. Moses had a mere 10 which were pretty good, but humans seem to
just ignore laws and commit evil acts.Enforce the laws we have
before passing new laws.
Taking enjoyment in watching two chickens or dogs literally kill each other is
not far removed from beating one's wife or children or attacking someone
with a knife. This is because all these things involve the same sort of moral
callousness and depravity. Another problem is that cockfighting is
a notable part of Mexican culture and Utah has the fastest-growing population of
illegally present, non-culturally assimilated Mexicans in the United States.
That's not "racism" on my part; instead it is a fact. Arguably,
therefore, NOW is an excellent time to dramatically elevate the penalty for
cockfighting in Utah. Of course self-centered special interests in Utah who
want illegal aliens in Utah to feel "right at home" will lobby and pay
off Utah's corrupt legislature to block any such legislation.