July 17, 2020
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear:
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(Letter Submitted Separately)
Attorney General of Kentucky
Kentucky State Police commissioner
Lt. Colonel, Operations Division, Kentucky State Police
Assistant for the general counsel of the Office of the Governor
Dear Kentucky Lawmakers:
On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, I am writing to urge you to strengthen and uphold an enforceable anti-cockfighting law in Kentucky. Recent documentation of cockfighting events in Kentucky by the organization SHARK shows how important this action is.
I believe most Kentucky citizens want a state that respects its laws and its animals. There are well-documented links between animal abuse and human abuse, as I’m sure you know. Cockfighting encourages people, including children, to commit acts of cruelty for pleasure, endangering both humans and animals.
Through the years, we’ve adopted many roosters from cockfighting raids into our sanctuary in Virginia. Recovered from the traumas of the cockfighting environment, they live peaceably with their hens in our predator-proof outdoor aviary, sunning themselves, dustbathing, foraging, perching, and behaving normally – not crazily. Roosters forced to act out human aggressive have little to do with how roosters live on their own accord. Compulsive fighting is not a natural part of their behavior. In Nature, roosters are busy raising and protecting their families and foraging and socializing with their flock. Their natural behavior is reflected in our sanctuary.
Please make cockfighting and all related activities a felony crime in Kentucky, and enforce the law and penalties. If you could please send an informative response to this letter, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your attention and consideration. I hope to hear from you.
Karen Davis, PhD
United Poultry Concerns
12325 Seaside Road, PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405
United Poultry Concerns is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the
compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. http://www.upc-online.org
Federal ID: 52-1705678