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Senator Wants Boxing Gloves on Chickens

OKLAHOMA CITY – A state senator has a plan for saving Oklahoma’s gamefowl industry now that cockfighters are legally prohibited from pitting birds fitted with razor-like spurs.

State Sen. Frank Shurden, a longtime defender of cockfighting, is suggesting that roosters be given little boxing gloves so they can fight without bloodshed. The proposal is in a bill the Democrat has introduced for the legislative session that begins Feb. 7.

“Who’s going to object to chickens fighting like humans do? Everybody wins,” Sen. Frank Shurden said.

Oklahoma voters banned cockfighting in 2002. The practice is still legal in Louisiana and New Mexico.

Removing the blood from the sport takes away the main argument animal rights groups have against cockfighting, Shurden said.

“Let the roosters do what they love to do without getting injured,” Shurden said.

I thought the appeal of cockfighting was two roosters tearing each other to pieces? Watching two roosters box seems to be one step above Rockem Sockem Robots.

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  1. January 28, 2005 at 11:37 am

    I agree. Without bloodshed, no one will care about the sport. So really, I say go ahead and give them boxing gloves, and it’ll phase itself out.

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