Sep 10 2009

The Humane Society

Did you know that as recently as last year cockfights were still legal in some areas of the United States?

This practice that causes pain and suffering for the breed birds that engage in the fight, became illegal in all 50 states of our nation in August 15, 2007, when Louisiana passed a law making the practice unlawful. But roosters are not the only animals that are victims of this practice.

Everyday, around the world, dogs die in closed rings where their owners put them to fight. Gambling, drugs and weapons are usually present at these violent rings. But thanks to the efforts of organizations like the Humane Society of the United States, legislations are being passed to end this cruel practice.

The Humane Society, which is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization, pushes state and federal officials to enact laws that make our world a better place for animals and, consequently, for humans to live.

While cockfighting is engraved in the tradition of our country and many others around the world, that doesn’t mean the practice is right.

“‘Old'” does not necessarily mean right or even acceptable. At one time the United States allowed slavery, lacked child abuse laws, and refused women the vote,” the organization said in a statement published on their website.

Cockfights also have a detrimental effect on humans.

According to an article published by the HSUS, the roosters that participate in cockfights are transmitters of diseases such as the bird flu.

When owners of roosters travel to other countries, such as the Philippines where the Slasher Cup –a cockfighting event- takes place, uninfected animals get infected with the diseases of the animal they are fighting against. When the roosters come back home, the disease spreads.

In addition to pushing for legislation against the use of animals for fighting events, the organization also has a disaster relief program that provides shelter for animals after a hurricane or an earthquake hits an area.

The organization, with chapters all over the world, is currently working on several campaigns to help our wildlife. The Humane Society International has campaigns that oppose elephant culls in South Africa, the long-distance transport of pigs and dog meat trade in the Philippines, among others.

Also, if you are looking to adopt an animal, you can visit the organization’s local chapters and get your own pet.

The website of Humane Society of Greater Miami, for example, shows you picture of all the animals that are available for adoption. There, you can choose which one you want to adopt.

On that same website, you can help the organization carry on its fight by making donations or joining the large group of volunteers that today fight to achieve that goal of making our world a better place for all of us to live.

For more information about the organization, visit


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