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Dogfights, cockfights come under House spotlight (Texas)
San Antonio Express-News ^ | 04/22/2005 | Guillermo X. Garcia

Posted on 04/22/2005 1:02:25 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

AUSTIN — Spurred by the biggest dogfight bust in recent Texas history — in eastern Bexar County last January — a San Antonio lawmaker is trying to increase penalties for those who engage in or profit from rooster and dog bouts.

Under the proposal, House Bill 2222 by Democratic Rep. Jose Menendez, people involved in dogfights or cockfights or who share in their earnings or allow their property to be used for them could be charged with a state jail felony.

Currently such offenses are misdemeanors. The bill also would increase the penalty for being a spectator at such events from a Class C to a Class A misdemeanor.

"We are trying to cut down on these 'sports activities' because they are cruel and barbaric. Animals are abused and law enforcement needs additional tools," such as a greater deterrent, to curb what is already illegal, Menendez said.

Law enforcement officers have said that in breaking up dogfights and cockfights, they often find cash, drugs, and weapons as well as evidence of gambling and money laundering, he said.

Menendez said he was particularly bothered that police sometimes find children at the events.

Officers from across the state, including two from the Bexar County Sheriff's Department, were scheduled to testify at a hearing before a House Criminal Jurisprudence subcommittee late Thursday. If the panel approves the measure, it will go to the full committee.

A group that says it represents the "gamefowl industry" was opposed to the bill.

In the Bexar County raid, five persons were arrested and 20 others cited for being spectators, while 90 pit bulls, including 40 puppies, were seized.

Menendez also cited statements from Tyler police who last month accused a man of involvement in a ring that stole house pets and used them as training bait for fighting dogs.

"The police found dogs, house pets, with their mouths taped shut that were mauled and killed by the fighting dogs 'practicing,'" Menendez said.

He said the bill's cockfighting provisions are aimed at ensuring the safety of the poultry industry, because birds who fight foreign-raised birds could contract and spread exotic Newcastle disease and avian influenza, which could devastate domestic poultry operations.

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ggarcia@express-news.net


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cockfights; dogfights; doggieping
"A group that says it represents the "gamefowl industry" was opposed to the bill."

Put a tail on 'em!

1 posted on 04/22/2005 1:02:26 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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2 posted on 04/22/2005 1:10:01 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Remember, this is only a temporary exile!)
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To: SwinneySwitch
A group that says it represents the "gamefowl industry" was opposed to the bill.

It is not exactly on target but one of the bird flu deaths in Thailand last Fall was a man sprayed by blood at a cockfight. It can be big business there what with the gambling and all.

3 posted on 04/22/2005 1:50:29 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: SwinneySwitch
This activity might be characterized as Organized crime. I understand that in some circles you have to have a referral to participate.

As well, it can turn violent when a party doesn't pay their debt as this is a gambling practice.

4 posted on 04/22/2005 1:57:01 PM PDT by Idisarthur
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5 posted on 04/22/2005 2:23:47 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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6 posted on 04/22/2005 2:25:46 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: SwinneySwitch

I'm not familiar with this 'gamefowl industry'; but maybe there was language included in the bill that would spill over into hunting? And 'that' is what the gamefowl industry was opposed to?

::just guessing::


7 posted on 04/22/2005 2:26:11 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: SwinneySwitch
He said the bill's cockfighting provisions are aimed at ensuring the safety of the poultry industry, because birds who fight foreign-raised birds could contract and spread exotic Newcastle disease and avian influenza, which could devastate domestic poultry operations.

Two or three years ago in California an outbreak of Newcastle's was caused by game cocks that were smuggled in from Mexico.

8 posted on 04/22/2005 2:29:48 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Idisarthur
I've been to the cockfights Sunday afternoons outside of Tijuana BCN. There is always a small fee that must be paid just to gain entry to the general area. I just assumed it was going to payoff the Federales.
9 posted on 04/22/2005 2:34:44 PM PDT by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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Dogfights, cockfights come under
House spotlight (Texas)


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10 posted on 04/22/2005 2:35:05 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Idisarthur
This activity might be characterized as Organized crimePut them all in prison. Keep them there as far as I'm concerned.
11 posted on 04/22/2005 2:40:42 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1389260/posts?page=8#8

I think it was last year, there was an article posted here at FR about vendors at fleamarkets in Texas that had poultry for sale and they ended up being infected with bird flu. Birds were smuggled in from Mexico.


12 posted on 04/22/2005 2:42:11 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Slicksadick

I've never been to a cock fight (nor do I need to see one).

Do they at least eat the birds afterwards? Or is it 100% senseless (vs. 99% senseless).


13 posted on 04/22/2005 2:48:16 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: MeekOneGOP

Meeks, any idea how we could see a copy of the bill?


14 posted on 04/22/2005 2:49:44 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia
Hmmmm, hmmmm .....

I dunno.


15 posted on 04/22/2005 2:53:37 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: SwinneySwitch
The police found dogs, house pets, with their mouths taped shut that were mauled and killed by the fighting dogs 'practicing,'" Menendez said.

Unbelievable!

16 posted on 04/22/2005 3:05:36 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Gal. 4:16)
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To: Calpernia
As far as I've seen, 100% senseless. The owner of the losing chicken(they call the roosters chickens), almost always makes some macho display about how disappointed he is to be the owner of a loser bird. Kicking, wringing the neck, and generally abusing the dead (or near dead)bird.
17 posted on 04/22/2005 3:10:17 PM PDT by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: Calpernia

"Meeks, any idea how we could see a copy of the bill?"


http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlo/79r/billtext/HB02222I.HTM


18 posted on 04/22/2005 4:02:28 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Remember, this is only a temporary exile!)
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To: SwinneySwitch
I think Texas and Louisiana will join hands in investigating these fights.... Louisiana has already started their investigations.....

Boudreaux waz sent to investigate de cockfights

Down around de Texas-Louisiana border, dere has been a recent rash of illegal cock fighting, wit’ queete a bit of gambling. De director of de Louisiana State Police finally bent to public pressure and sent an investigator to get to de bottom of de problem.

De crack investigator, Boudreaux, took an unmarked cruiser and headed for Mamou. He waz gone for two days and arrived back in Baton Rouge to report to de director.

He reported dat dere were tree major groups involved in de illegal cock fighting - Texas Aggies, Cajuns and de Mafia.

Of course, de boss wanted to know how he surmised dis, and he replied dat he knew dere were Texas Aggies involved when he saw someone enter a duck into de fight.

He knew dat dere were Cajuns involved when someone bet on de duck.

He den stated dat he waz absolutely poseetive dat de Mafia waz involved when de duck won!


19 posted on 04/22/2005 4:17:09 PM PDT by deport (You know you are getting older when everything either dries up or leaks.)
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To: Slicksadick

So the animals are just multilated for nothing??? They don't even give the them to a hungry family??

::rhetorical outrage::


20 posted on 04/22/2005 5:17:09 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Thanks. I'll see if I can make heads or tails of it. If there isn't a trip up to suspend hunting...maybe some emails/faxes or phone calls of support are in order.


21 posted on 04/22/2005 5:18:24 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: deport

>>>Texas Aggies, Cajuns and de Mafia.

What groups are these?


22 posted on 04/22/2005 5:19:45 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: MeekOneGOP

And where is PETA on this?

Harrassing responsible pet and livestock owners.


23 posted on 04/22/2005 5:20:34 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia
What groups are these?


Are you joking are really asking?

You should be familiar with the Mafia....

Cajuns..... Louisiana people of Acadian heritage that came via the French colony of Acadia

Aggies.... Students and alumni of Texas A & M
24 posted on 04/22/2005 5:45:38 PM PDT by deport (You know you are getting older when everything either dries up or leaks.)
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To: deport
Then you post was just a joke?


Be kind, I'm blonde. Next time provide footnotes, and mapquest, and maybe a billboard...

25 posted on 04/22/2005 6:06:48 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

26 posted on 04/22/2005 6:24:00 PM PDT by deport (You know you are getting older when everything either dries up or leaks.)
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To: SwinneySwitch; HairOfTheDog

I can't even bear to read about the family pet dogs with their mouths taped closed, etc.

I hate Pit Bulls and one day when I was at the Vets with my dog a young man came in with a young Pit Bull with cuts all over it.

I knew when I asked him how old it was and he said, "Oh, I don't know" that he was using it for fighting rather than as a pet.

They sell for a high price in South Texas and many are stolen from families to use for fighting. Some people have no conscience.


27 posted on 04/22/2005 7:51:32 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Calpernia
These fights in TJ are held on Sunday afternoons, Most of the locals are very well dressed, probably coming from church. I imagine that at the end of all the fights, someone picks up the dead birds and makes good use of them. If not for human consumption, maybe to feed to the pigs or dogs.
28 posted on 04/22/2005 8:38:43 PM PDT by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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