Criminal groups target activities that make money. Cock-fighting is rife with gambling while the “Big Lick” crowd spends big money on stud fees for tortured animals. These criminals have very organized “lobbying” efforts – lining the pockets of politicians and leaders of these industries with a taste of their bloody lucre. To stop this will take strong laws and for the government / local law officials to back them up. ~ HfH
From: Wayne Pacelle’s Blog on HSUS
By: Wayne Pacelle
Recently, a group of cockfighters made some noise in Kentucky, threatening to oust U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in his 2014 re-election bid because he voted in January for the Farm Bill, which included an HSUS-backed provision to make it a federal crime to attend or bring a child to an animal fighting spectacle. I think it’s fair to say that these fellows have brought single-issue politics to an historic low.
Because of a weak state anti-cockfighting law and no federal enforcement of the ban on fighting animals in the Bluegrass State, Kentucky cockfighters have staged animal fights with impunity. Now with the upgrade in the federal law, they know there’s trouble ahead. Instead of finally complying with federal and state law, and ceasing their ruthless and barbaric activity, these organized criminals are threatening political retaliation in its defense. My head spins at their gall.
It’s pretty much the same thing with the horse soring crowd. It’s been illegal under federal law for more than 40 years, and also illegal under the state laws of Kentucky and Tennessee, to intentionally injure the hooves and legs of horses to cause them to exaggerate their gait during horse shows. It’s called horse “soring” and it involves the infliction of torment upon horses – by chemical or mechanical means — as a way to get a leg up and win ribbons at competitive showing events.
These people, like the cockfighters, are scofflaws. They are actively working in the political domain – in this case, lobbying against pending federal legislation, H.R. 1518 and S. 1406, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act — to protect their criminal enterprise.
As with the cockfighters, the walls are closing in on the horse soring crowd. There’s a growing list of endorsing organizations, including groups that don’t always see eye to eye on other issues, such as horse slaughter for human consumption. In the fight to end soring, The HSUS is aligned with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Horse Council, and more than 100 other major equine and veterinary groups. More than ever, veterinarians and other prominent individuals who have seen soring first hand are speaking up and demanding that Congress pass this legislation.