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Archive for September, 2012

Cockfighting Opponents Completely Misguided With Ban

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on September 25, 2012

Cockfighting Opponents Completely Misguided With Ban

by: Ben Moffett

For The Mountain Mail

Contact: benmoffett@comcast.net

A well-financed effort to ban the historic sport of cockfighting, a thriving sport in Socorro County and around New Mexico, has surfaced in recent years, leading to a constant stream of legislation that has failed repeatedly because a cadre of sympathetic legislators manage to pigeonhole it.

It appears that the current legislature will pass the ban, not because anyone has changed their mind, but for political expediency related to national and state politics, fund-raising, and unfavorable media coverage.

This may be the last change to write a column from the point of view of the cockfighters, who have never had their case in print.

In defense of cockfighters, it stands to reason that if one wants to fight avian (bird) cruelty, it would be most logical to legislate against falconers, who damage the wings of quail, pigeons and other birds, and toss them into the air to be killed by half-starved raptors who have been sitting blind-folded, tethered to a perch, until their owners decide it is mealtime.

However, falconers are viewed as genteel sporting men and women, a part of literature and storytelling, veritable Robin Hoods. Why? Social status? Wealth? Because falconry is a time-honored tradition dating back more than 2,000 years?

Animal rights organizations, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, have led the cockfighting “antis.” In 2005, PETA enlisted “Golden Girl” actor Rue McClanahan and comic and political commentator Bill Maher, among others, in its efforts to win the support of legislators and the general public in New Mexico. PETA’s extensive literature uses statements that drip with emotion, but misrepresent pertinent facts.

They also avoid applicable historical values, science, competing philosophical views, and, most critically, a comparative view of the treatment of animals across a broad spectrum of human interactions with livestock, pets, zoo animals, wildlife, and especially those avian species that have even less civil rights that roosters, such as falcons, quail and pigeons.

While animal rights organizations have done much good in promoting animal welfare in this country, we submit that they are on the wrong path on cockfighting, likely to cause more harm than good, while letting far greater acts of cruelty go unpunished.

Animal rights groups base their opposition on the following points – that cockfighters (1) are cruel to the roosters, especially since gaffs are attached to the birds’ feet; (2) foster an atmosphere harmful to children; (3) promote illegal gambling; (4) create an atmosphere that attracts a criminal element; (5) contribute to domestic violence by competing; (6) force roosters into unnatural acts (fighting with “knives”); (7) hurt tourism because cockfighting gives the state a bad name; and (8) wrongfully claim that cockfighting is a Mexican tradition that should be protected under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Evidence to back these claims has been presented only through anecdotes and generalizations, dripping with emotion as most debates are.

Here are some cockfighting rebuttals I’ve heard that makes sense. On the charge of cruelty to animals, let me quote from former Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal reporter Larry Calloway’s blog, larrycalloway.com, March 14, 2003:

Said Calloway: “The proponents of the bill paint bloody pictures of the cockfight pits, where roosters slash each other with razor-sharp spurs in an area with no escape until one dies. But it seems the issue is not simply about chickens. After all, if you really want to alleviate the poultry suffering in a big way, go after Tyson Foods of Arkansas. …

“The processing of chickens is something you don’t want to see. Like fighting roosters, they have an apparent territorial instinct, and when this is violated, as it is when thousands are crammed together in cages while they grow, they tend to peck each other to death. That is why the factory processing begins with the assembly-line removal of little beaks by burning when the yellow chicks are just hatched.”

What Calloway could have added is that the chickens are the victims of an assembly line slaughter at the age of six weeks. Fighting cocks live to be three to five years old. The cocks are pampered and have plush, individual living quarters, the best feed, and, perhaps, some romance. When they are put into the pit, they go in without fear. In fact, they are set down appropriately angry and supremely confident, their endorphins chugging. Likely, when a fatal blow is struck, they merely lapse into pain-free shock, as often happens with humans. Any slow-pitch softball player can tell you that a head-first knee-scraping slide into home goes unnoticed in the heat of a game. That same natural endorphin “runners high” is present in fighting cocks. Also, the roosters aren’t worried about their mortality, having no awareness of it.

On number (2), fostering an atmosphere harmful to children, it’s true that a third grader who has never been out of the city might be shocked by such a spectacle, but the youngsters who go to the fights are schooled in the sport by helping care for the animals. They are typically farm and suburban youngsters who raise chickens themselves, and probably ring the necks of the chickens that go on the dinner table as part of their farm chores.

Number (3), that the fights promote illegal gambling, is undeniable. I’ve been to a few cockfights and spectators make bets through hand signals. None of the exchanged money, however, goes to the cockfight promoter. He or she breaks even by charging entry fees in order to provide an arena, hires staff, including referees and buy expensive software programs to insure accuracy in pitting roosters of equal weight against one another. Illegal gambling is rampant everywhere with Internet gambling, office sports pools and money changing hands in the same hand-signal fashion at any college football game.

Number (4), is creating an atmosphere that fosters a criminal element. The only argument I’ve ever seen by the “antis” literature indicated that 145 people were arrested in a raid on an illegal New York City cockfight and seven had outstanding warrants! Well isn’t that about right for any New York (or New Mexico) gathering – about one in 20 people have outstanding warrants?

While we’re on this anecdote, yes, there are illegal cock fights in New York City, and virtually every state in the union. Rules to ban cockfighting are seldom enforced, because America can’t stand too many more productive workers being locked up, losing their jobs, and having their children taken away, as one recent cockfighting bill proposed.

Number (5), the charge that cockfighting causes domestic violence, doesn’t seem likely to me, but it’s as hard to refute as it is to make the original statement with a straight face. Families usually go to cockfights as a group, and they all participate. If the killing in the pit causes human violence, perhaps matanzas should be banned, too. The pig’s severed head hidden from view and the butchering done behind closed doors.

Number (6), the idea that animals are being forced into human-perpetrated unnatural acts, has little merit, in my view. Roosters fight, whether they are gamecocks or Rhode Island Reds. Giving them extra artillery in the form of cockspurs or sharpened natural spurs only bring the fights to a quicker end.

Number (7), hurting tourist. Yes, it may cause a boycott, but it certainly fills up motel rooms around Socorro at certain times of the year. And Louisiana, which has arenas featuring closed circuit television for cockfights, doesn’t seem to suffer.

Number (8), the cockfighters believe that, under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexicans are entitled to maintain their cultural traditions. Spending money to win such a court case, could be a good way for the “antis” to win in court, but it’s not one that will bring us closer together as a nation. Also, according to Wikipedia, the free online encylopedia, “Nicaragua, Belgium, Colombia, France, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Italy, Philippines, Perú, Puerto Rico, Canary Islands and Guam, have well-established arenas with seats or bleachers for (cock-fighting) spectators surrounding the ring. … In many countries, the spectacle draws whole families and in some countries, cockfighting is as popular as baseball and football in the United States.”

What I found on the Internet is that in the United States, we consumed 86 pounds of chicken per capita in 2005. If each chicken weighted two pounds – that’s a big chicken – we each eat 43 chickens. Multiply that times 300 million Americans and you can figure that we slaughter 2.9 billion chickens a year.

Of course, we need the protein. Somehow, I at least feel more sorry for the mongrel dog pacing up and down the fence line all day waiting for his owners to come back to the suburbs, than I do for a rooster in a knife fight. I think animal rights activists are putting their money in the wrong places.

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PROTECTING YOUR GAMEFOWL FARM part two

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on September 16, 2012

BASIC BIOSECURITY

What Is a Biosecurity Program?

 If we look at the word “biosecurity,” we can begin to under-stand its meaning. “Bio” refers to “life” and “security” implies some sort of protection. Hence, “biosecurity” refers to a type of program that is designed to protect life. In its simplest meaning, it means keeping the germs away from the poultry and keeping the poultry away from the germs.

What Types of Germs Are We Concerned About?

 There are several different types of germs that are often referred to as disease agents or pathogens.  They include viruses, bacteria, and fungi. In addition, parasites, found internally (in side the body) and externally (outside the body), can also cause disease.  The control of these parasites is considered an important part of a biosecurity program.

 How Do We Keep the Germs Away From the Poultry?

 Many procedures can be instituted to keep the germs away from the poultry. If you consider your flock as a “clean” flock(i.e., free of disease), then there are many ways to prevent disease from entering your farm. Here are a few steps to consider:

 

Post a “No Trespassing Sign” narlo.org/sign and ” biosecurity Signs” at the entrance of your property or at the entrance to where you keep your birds.  Raymac Signs Limited Gemplers.com University of Vermont Biosecurity Signs – Image Results

  

1. Limit visitors on your farm and restrict their direct contact with the flock.

2. If visitors have been in contact with any birds within the last 48 hours, they should wash and disinfect their hands, shoes, and wear clean coveralls that are kept at your facility for visitors.

3. Don’t let visitors bring their birds near yours.

4. Move your birds away from an area where you expect visitors on a regular basis or fence off with a barrier.

5. Obtain your birds from a disease-free source. Know the history of the flock by inquiring about past diseases in the parent flock and also the vaccine history of both the parents and newly hatched birds.

6. If you are adding new birds to your flock, have them quarantined in a separate area from your main flock for at least two weeks.

7. Keep free-living birds and mammals away from your flock as they may transmit disease agents to your flock of birds.

8. Obtain feed from a clean dependable source. Store feed good sealed containers so that it is bird-proof, insect-proof, and rodent-proof.

9. Obtain water from a clean source so it is free from potential contamination.

10. Ideally, it would be best to keep your pets away from the flock to prevent possible disease transmission.

11. Remove poultry mortality daily.  Store or dispose of them in an approved method

12. Set up a good parasite management program

13 Maintain a strong vector control program for insect, mammalian, and avian vectors.  Maintain bait stations, clean up feed spills, prevent entry by wild animals (rats, birds, insects) or pets (dogs, cats).  Use screens in windows, air inlets, doors feed bin exhausts etc.

 

How Do We Keep the Poultry Away From the Germs?

 

1. Prior to the arrival of new birds, clean and disinfect their housing to ensure that there is no build-up of potential disease pathogens from previous flocks.

2. If birds are housed on a dirt flooring, turn over the top layer of soil. This can help reduce potential pathogens and parasites that may be present in the soil and protect your new flock.

3. Clean and disinfect all equipment and supplies on a regular basis and definitely between flocks.

4. After disinfection of the housing, it is best to keep the house empty of birds for at least two weeks.

5. Isolate any new or returning fowl for at least two weeks to allow time for disease signs to develop before exposure to your flock

6. Isolate any fowl showing signs of illness.

7. Quarantine any contaminated area.

8. Notify your veterinarian immediately of any suspected disease.

9. Set up two-quarantine area.  One for new bird coming onto your farm and one for any sick birds that are already on you farm.  You can also set up two Cockhouses when you are getting ready for a show use cockhouse A after the show put birds back in cockhouse A. For the next show put birds in cockhouse B by the time you get this show ready you will know if any birds in cockhouse A have any sign of sickness if not put back in yard and disinfect cockhouse A and get ready for next show.

10. All equipment, supplies, etc. should remain in these quarantine areas do not use anywhere else on your farm

11. Do not mix different ages or species of birds. Older birds can pass on diseases to younger, more susceptible birds. In addition, some diseases like histomoniasis (blackhead) can be transferred from chickens to turkeys.

 

By following these biosecurity recommendations, you can ensure that exposure to disease-causing agents can be minimized. By reducing the exposure to disease agents, you can prevent diseases from occurring in your flock.

If anyone has any thing to add please do so, saving our Gamefowl is very important and has to be done on many levels

The Animal rights groups say our Gamefowl spread diseases.

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Law enforcement officers being taught by the hsus

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on September 9, 2012

http://www.cbs42.com/content/localne…5zKoM3fLg.cspx

Video At Above Link

Animal Fighting Investigation

8-17-2012

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) – Whether it’s dogs or roosters, animal fighting is a real problem in many communities.

The suffering is plain to see, but animal cruelty isn’t the only crime associated with dog fights and cock fights.

Animal fighting is brutal, it’s bloody, and it’s happening in Alabama…right under our noses.

“It’s around them every day and they don’t know it,” said Officer Robert Davis, Hoover Animal Cruelty Investigator.

“Every county, everywhere…it’s happening everywhere and it’s been happening for a long time,” said Corey Henson, Morgan County Animal Control.

More than sixty law enforcement officers from forty different agencies are getting a behind the scenes look at dog fighting rings and cockfighting operations courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States.

The seminar teaches them how to identify, investigate and prosecute people who fight animals. It happens in basements, barns, and on the street. Animal fights can be spur of the moment or well organized underground events. The real motivation is money and the results are ugly.

“So I’m just trying to give them the tools some of the things that we’ve done in the Midwest to combat illegal animal fighting and all the crimes that go with it. The drugs, the guns, the criminal violence that goes with it,” said Sgt. Michael Gabrielson, Kettering Ohio Police Dept and HSUS consultant.

“A few years back I had a class on animal, illegal animal fighting things, what to look for and situations. And come to find out we had it just a couple of miles down from our shelter,” said Corey Henson, Morgan County Animal Control. “They’ll say – oh I’ve just got dogs out here or I hear a lot that – I’m a pit bull rescuer and you know come to find out they’re not, they’re dog fighters…and same way as cockfighting.”

“They know it’s illegal so they try and fly under the radar and unfortunately again law enforcement has allowed that to happen. But hopefully with training like this, that will end,” said Gabrielson. “From the animal side of it the animal cruelty side of it, anything we can do- just saving one animal would be absolutely worth it, when you see the environment and the violence that they’re exposed to. But the human side of it, the other crimes that go with it, it’s not just about the animal cruelty. And that’s probably the biggest thing that people don’t understand- that alone is extremely important and that’s reason enough to do it, but it’s all the other crimes that go with it- the guns, the drugs, the violence- that go hand in hand with the animal fighting and animal cruelty.”

According to Mindy Gilbert, the Alabama State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, the HSUS animal rescue team provided a grant so that Humane Society University could offer the course at no charge.

She said the Alabama Humane Federation and the Alabama Animal Control Association provided a catered lunch for the 61 law enforcement officers who attended.

 

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What law enforcement should stop wasting their time on Cockfighting and start spending that time helping stop the pill problem that so many kids in the communities have.

What the law enforcement should be doing is investigating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, bribery, illegal witness payments, obstruction of justice, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, and conspiracy to harm a business suit against the hsus. Humanewatch.org

 Law enforcement should be investigating the ties to the Domestic terrorists group ALF that the hsus has through John “J.P.” Goodwin, a former Animal Liberation Front member and spokesman with a lengthy arrest record and a history of promoting arson to accomplish animal liberation. activistcash.com

 Law enforcement should stop this war on the culture and rural lifestyles of citizens of the largest free nation in the world

 We need to put a end to this type of Nazi Animal Protection

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