In February, Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado introduced
Senate Bill 345. The bill seeks to prohibit the interstate
transport of live birds for the purpose of fighting to states in
which animal fighting is still legal. S. 345 will "clarify that
possession of fighting birds in any of the 47 states should then
be illegal, as shipping them out for cockfighting purposes would
be illegal." For example, it will be a crime to ship birds
intended for cockfighting from Arizona, where cockfighting is
illegal, to Louisiana, where it is still legal.
U.S. Postal Service and the Airlines Ship Birds Intended for
Cockfighting from the States (the Mainland) Through Hawaii to
Guam, American Samoa, and Saipan--Where Cockfighting is Legal
"This 'Live Express Mail' is going without food and water,
in a 6 to 8 inch cubicle, full of noise, dust, rough handling and
very poor ventilation for up to 3 to 5 days."
Service Employee, Air Cargo, Honolulu
Senator Allard's bill should ban this practice.
- Thank Senator Allard for introducing S. 345. Urge him to make
sure that this bill prohibits the movement of live birds intended
for cockfighting through the U.S. Postal Service. (For more
information, see below.)
Senator Wayne Allard|
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
- Write to the Postmaster General and urge him to prohibit the
shipment of live birds through the U.S. Postal Service. This
shipment is completely cruel and inhumane. The crates in which
the birds are packed together for days are not even inspected for
additional contents (such as illegal weapons, drugs, etc.). The
breathing holes are so small you cannot see inside the boxes.
What you hear is the incessant crowing of suffering roosters, the
suffering cheeps of baby chicks, and the silence of dying and
dead birds. Why doesn't the U.S. Department of Agriculture check
crate contents? Why? Because Guam, Saipan, and American Samoa are
not classed as international packages, but as domestic packages.
The U.S. Postal Service should stop profiting from this dirty
business. The majority of Americans do not support cockfighting,
which is banned in 47 states.
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