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Letter fromTexas voter

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on March 15, 2013

I found this on the web some time ago just liked a lot of what this man said thought I would share it. I don’t remember were I found it.

 

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I am an active Texas voter. I believe in the rule of order, and have long been a supporter of government and law enforcement. I am at the present time very unhappy over the power and influence well funded special interest groups have in relation to our legislature.
I oppose the fowl language in H.B. No. 917 as introduced by Menendez. I am 60 years old, and my hobby since childhood has been raising game chickens. The HSUS and other animal rights groups, some of which pose a threat to homeland security, have spent large sums of money to propagate false information, influence legislation, and do all in their power to stop all animal use. From anti-hunting campaigns to anti-pet ownership campaigns (as seen in the failed PAWS legislation at the federal level), these groups actively seek to take freedom away from farmers, pet owners, research scientists, and anyone else who keeps animals.
In reference to game chickens, they are by NATURE territorial to the extreme. A mature male will kill any other mature male that comes within his domain, and his domain consists of anywhere he is standing. They are NOT trained to fight. Those of us who raise them go to great trouble and expense to KEEP THEM FROM FIGHTING. That is the reason the mature males MUST be kept separated. That is also the reason the shelters kill the birds as soon as they receive them. No one can put the males together without them fighting, and since the animal rights folks don’t really care about the birds, they simply kill them. Humane or not, dead is dead! Killing them is much easier than maintaining them separated.

 

Anytime you see a news report about the confiscation and euthanization of game fowl that have been TRAINED to fight, you know that it is simply the ignorant repeating of animal rights group propaganda. REHABILITATION is even a greater joke; you can’t rehabilitate a bird that is simply doing what it is within his God given nature to do. It would be like “rehabilitating” a canary not to sing, or a duck not to take to water.
Another outright lie that has been propagated by animal rights people, and quoted by the legislatures the influence and fund, is that there is an elevated risk that game fowl will spread dreaded diseases. They often cite that game fowl were responsible for the 2002-2003 outbreak of Exotic Newcastle Disease. The USDA literature has at no time accused the game fowl industry of being responsible for the outbreak. Furthermore the USDA states the most danger of spreading the disease lies within the commercial poultry industry. When you hear a legislator site the avian flu, or some other dreaded disease as the reason for voting in favor of anti-cockfighting laws, you can know he is not influenced by the USDA but rather by animal rights groups.
As far as the gambling goes, you can rest assured there is more illegal gambling taking place each time the Houston Texans play.
I do not engage in illegal chicken fights. I do admire the courage and audacity of these birds that will stand toe to toe and fight to the death simply because one will not give way to the other. No one could train them to do it. Nor is their any drug that would make them do it. They do it simply because that is the way they are. Sir, the wording in H.B. No. 917 would consider my pens, my feed pans, even my automobile, as cock fighting equipment. People like me, a Baptist pastor in your district, would be in jeopardy of becoming felons. Such a severe legislation would not only force us to get rid of our birds, it would be a giant step toward the extinction of a breed of birds.
I beseech you to oppose ALL the fowl language in H.B. No. 917. Texas laws are already too severe in relation to cockfighting. Texas is a livestock friendly state, and you should protect game chickens by protecting those who raise them from the fear of legal persecution. Protect feed stores from economic loss. Protect those who produce the grains game fowl eat. Protect the game fowl from extinction. Protect your constituents from the loss of the freedom to pursue happiness through a hobby that does no harm to anyone. Say NO to the out of state special interest groups such as the HSUS that think they can come in and buy Texas legislators.
Thank you for taking into consideration the rights and well-being of those whom you represent.

As A Marine Corps Veteran And A Voting Resident Of The State Of Texas. I Would Like To Know What Gives Our Elected Officials The Idea. That It Is Alright To Pass A Law Such As Hb 917?? This Law Does Not Consider The Best Of Interest For Any Citizen That Raises Gamefowl For The Legitimate Reason Of Attending Poultry Shows. It Also Does Not Have The Best Interest Of Citizens That Raise The Gamecock For Their Own Happiness Either.

You See Sir The Animal Rights Organizations Would Like The Whole World To Believe That People That Raise Gamefowl Are All Backwoods, No Tooth, Wife Beating Rednecks, Drug Dealers Or Dope Addicts. This Is The Farthest From The Truth That They Can Possibly Get. Honestly There Are Bad Apples In Every Walk Of Life.

I Sure Would Like The State To Make Cockfighting Legal, And Tax It. Let Every Gamefowl Breeder Register A Small Business Just As The People That Raise Race Horse Do Here In Texas. Make The Clubs Where The Competitions Are Held State Licensed.

Think Of All The People, And Businesses That The Gamefowl Industry Supports Now With All The Restrictions And Laws That Already Exist. From The Lumber Yard For Supplies To Build And House You’re Fowl. To The Wire Manufacturer For The Wire That Is Used To Build Fences And Pens. To The Feed Store Or Co-op Where All The Feed And Medications Are Purchased. To The Farmer That Harvest The Grain That These Animals Eat. The Fuel That Is Spent To Travel To And From A Poultry Show Or Competition. The Hotel Money That Is Spent For The Several Days Of Travel With Your Fowl. There Is Many And I Mean Many Of People That Are Involved In The Gamefowl Industry That Have No Idea. Companies That Have Been Supported By Honest Hard Working And Loving People That Simply Want To Raise, Show And Test Their Gamefowl.

As Far As All The Hype About Illegal Gambling At A Cockfight. Come On We All Know That There Is More Living Room Bets Placed On A Spurs Or Dallas Cowboys Game Any Given Night In San Antonio Than At A Cockfight. Besides A Bet Is Not The Same As A Gentleman’s Wager.

Honestly I Don’t Care What Walk Of Life You Come From; You Have Past Times And You Have Things You Love And Enjoy To Do. Maybe It’s Playing Golf, Or Sailing A Boat, Or Fishing, Maybe Hunting Whitetail Deer Or Hogs Or Dove, Or Ducks. Well You See The Animal Rights Terrorist Do Not Intend To Stop With Outlawing The Ownership Or Fighting Of Gamefowl. They Spread Their Propaganda And They Do It Well. They Will Stop At Nothing Until Every Animal Has More Legal Rights In America Then Your Own Children.

I Urge You To Pay A Visit To Some Of The H.s.u.s. Websites. Go See For Yourself They Are On A Mission. They Do Not Support Or Own A Single Animal Shelter. They Are Not The Heart Felt Organization That They Brainwash The Public Into Believing They Are. Look A Month Or So Back At Colorado. When They Elected Officials Begged And Pleaded With The P.e.t.a. Of Animals To Assist, Them In The Rescue Of All The Cattle That Were Stuck Out In The Freezing Snow. Well P.e.t.a. Basically Told Them To Go Screw Themselves. They Were Not Going To Assist In The Rescue Of Any Animal That Was Going To Be Used To Eat. They Also Said That They Were Not Going To Assist Because The Self Righteous Owners Were Going To Make A Monetary Gain From The Sale Of These Cows.

Now This Is The Kind Of Organization That Lobbies To Pass Laws Just Like This H.b. 917 That You Have Sponsored. So I Ask At This Time Sir, “what Influence Did The Human Society Or Their Likes Play In The Introduction Of This Legislation??” I Am Asking That You Please Look Into Your Heart And See Yourself As An American And Reconsider Your Support For This Bill. Please Say No To H.b.917.

 

The first thing we need to stop doing in these letters is pointing the finger at all these animal rights activist groups and playing “he did this, she did that…” with each other. It’s just as bad as when these politicians put commercials out about each other, trying to dig up dirt to make each other look bad in order to persuade public opinion. The fact is that we ARE stereotyped as criminals, “rednecks”, “barbaric” and any other name you can associate with a non-civilized society. Trying to get society to see our point-of-view is as bad as trying to make us understand homosexuality by getting us to watch BrokeBackMountain! LMFAO (I know some of you had to watch it with your girl! LMFAO!!!) Seriously, we need to guide & focus these politicians on legalities and citizen ownership rights, and avoid using words like “cockfighting” and trying to justify why we pit them, regardless if it is in their nature to “defend” their domain and act hostile towards any other game fowl male. The reality is that there are not too many people outside the game fowl community that understand and sympathize putting blades/gaffs on an animal’s feet in order to prove that “gameness” is being maintained. Politicians do not care to hear all that talk about “gameness” or “proven bloodlines” and just want to know why we should have the right to own game fowl. Keep it as simple as stating actual positive facts about owning game fowl and justify being an American with protected rights. Make them think twice about what principals this country is based upon at this day and age, as they could care less whether our Founding Fathers owned game fowl or not. Regardless if this sport is, a tradition dating back to ancient times, nowadays it is viewed as a “bloodsport” and “barbaric” so it is pointless to try to bring back the glory days of warriors, gladiators and chiefs and Indians.

 

 

Ernesto regardless Of How Someone Sees a Heritage/past Time/hobby/sport/lifestyle That You Chose to Take Part In. That Is A Moral Issue And Not A legal Issue What All These Law Do Is No More Than The Politicians Saying, “I Am Flexing My Legal Muscle To Show You That I Can Legalize Or Criminalize Your Way Of Life Now That I Am In Office.” Politicians Are Elected To Protect The Rights And Interest Of Their Voting Public, And Guess What?????????? That Chit Aint Happening…….. They Are Protecting The Pay Check More Than Anything…………… Just Because Someone Chooses To Raise Gamefowl Does Not Mean He Is A Criminal. Before The Transportation Law Was Passed the People That Drove to A legal State Were Not Breaking Any Laws. Now They Are Breaking Federal Law Doing The Same Thing. Where is the justice In That????? Oh I Know It’s just Us Not Justice Yup The “just Us” Is Just The People That Have The Power To Make And Change Legislation To Force The World To Live By Their Moral And Ethical Standards. What Next?????????? Is Everyone Going To Have To Be The Same Religion Or Become Atheist Because Someone With Power Does Not Approve Of The Catholic Or Baptist Or Presbyterian Or Hindu Religion????????

This World Is Taking On a Completely New Shape With The Power That The Elected Officials Are Utilizing And I Tell You What I Damn Sure Don’t Like The Way It’s Head Myself………………………..

 

THESE ARE ALL OF WHICH ARE ON MY MIND, ALL OF WHICH ARE RIGHT ON OUR PART, IT WONT MATTER HOW WE SAY ANYTHING………EXCEPT…..WE ARE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, WE HAVE BEEN SLANDERED AGAINST, OUR CIVIL RIGHTS AND OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED…..AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR A AMBITIOUS LAWYER ….WHO WILL SUE CITY, STATE AND GOVERNMENT ALONG WITH ANY ANIMAL RIGHT’S GROUP THAT IS INVOLVED IN MAKING US LIVE LIKE WE ARE IN A COMMUNIST SOCIETY BY THEIR PROPAGANDA….EACH AND EVERY ONE FOR ONE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS AND THAT IS NOT ENOUGH BECAUSE HUMAN LIFE IS WORTH SO MUCH MORE!!!…I AM A POOR MAN AND THAT LAWYER COULD HAVE IT ALL IF HE OR SHE COULD WIN OUR SPORT BACK IN A COURT OF LAW and put a stop to this CANCER THAT IS EATING OUR AMERICA UP!!!!!!

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