An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 5, 2007

A Sport?

Filed under: Cow pies, Crime, General News — olbroad @ 8:29

Cockfighting definition will affect 5 men’s fate

When two chickens fight each other to the death in a pit, is the outcome a matter of skill or chance?

A federal magistrate wants to know.

Hmmm….let’s see:

Main Entry: cock·fight
Pronunciation: ‘käk-“fIt
Function: noun
: a contest in which gamecocks usually fitted with metal spurs are pitted against each other
– cock·fight·ing /-“fI-ti[ng]/ adjective or noun

Seems fairly straight forward to me.

And it’s not a silly question to five accused Cocke County cockfighting barons who may end up in prison if they are successfully prosecuted for violating federal gambling laws.

Uh….yes it is. But as for the gambling laws? Wouldn’t the fact that cockfighting is suppose to be against the law period come into play?

At a Wednesday hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Inman, defense attorney Robert Jessee argued that cockfighting isn’t a form of gambling under state law.

If it is, he argued, sports such as professional boxing – or even football – may run afoul of Tennessee’s hard-nosed anti-gambling statutes.

In boxing, Inman said, two people “are trying to beat the brains out of the other” for a sizeable purse.

He asked how that scenario differs from a cockfight.

Well, let’s see. Two grown men, train for years and CHOOSE to beat the crap out of one another. Two good sized chickens, with metal spikes, are thrown into a pit and forced to kill each other. I’d say there was a major difference.

Federal law allows prosecutors to go after people who operate gambling businesses that violate state laws, provided the operations involve five or more people and are open more than 30 days or gross more than $2,000 in a single day.

We’re talking Bible Belt-buckle here. They don’t even allow alcohol sales on Sundays. The gambling part doesn’t bother me as much as the fowl themselves. That’s just wrong. And yes, I feel the same way about dog fights. It’s a sick past time. These yahoos should take up something a tad more productive, like say, get a job!

“Cockfighting is considered a sport, whether you believe it or disagree that it is. (Tennessee’s law) says nothing about sporting events; it says nothing about cockfighting,” he said, accusing the government of “trying to bootstrap” an animal cruelty case “into a federal felony.”

A “sport”? That’s not a sport! It’s grown men getting their jollies out of watching defenseless creatures slaughter each other.

Jessee argued that Tennessee law covers only lotteries, gambling machines and casino-type games. In fact, he suggested, if cockfighting is illegal gambling, then so are boxing matches where human opponents fight for a purse.

So, I guess when it’s all over, the victorious chicken gets into his limo for the right home, making sure to pick up some milk and butter for the wee wifey and chicks?

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