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Postby Mercer Boy » Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:44 pm

Good lord, there is some weird stuff out there today. I'm not even making this stuff up.

AP via Yahoo! News wrote: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.

In his search for a new way to let gamecocks fight, Shurden learned about a California man who is an attorney for Gamecock Boxing Inc., which was formed to promote a nonlethal form of cockfighting. "The company has a patent now pending on this game and the equipment designed to score the 'hits' of these sparring live gamefowl," Californian John R. Cogorno wrote in a letter to Shurden.

Shurden said electronic sensors can record the number of hits by each gamefowl to determine which rooster won the boxing match. Gamecocks would wear sparring muffs, which are padded gloves placed over their natural spurs.

"To me it answers everything. It saves the industry, takes blood sport out and generates revenue for Oklahoma," Shurden said.

Janet Halliburton, an attorney who led the initiative petition drive to ban cockfighting, said, "What this is going to do is make a platform for him to continually try to amend the existing ban. They don't want electronic cockfighting any more than anybody else does, or they'd be doing it."

Shurden said he's not trying to amend the existing cockfighting ban, something he tried the past few years without success. Shurden's legislation would create the Oklahoma Pari-mutuel Gamecock Boxing Act. The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, which has jurisdiction over pari-mutuel horse racing, would have jurisdiction over this gamecock boxing. Shurden believes it could be incorporated into horse racing, providing the boxing between horse races. Some of the money earned from wagers on gamecock boxing matches would go to the state.

"I guarantee it would work," Shurden said of the nonlethal fighting of roosters.


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Postby deluxe_247 » Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:55 pm

holy crap. that guy needs to get out more. i thought "cocks" had wings...i dont quite understand where the gloves would go :-?
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Postby kanezfan11 » Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:03 pm

deluxe_247 wrote:holy crap. that guy needs to get out more. i thought "cocks" had wings...i dont quite understand where the gloves would go :-?


On their feet/claws.
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Postby Nilmerf » Thu Jan 27, 2005 4:29 pm

This thread reminds me of when Kramer dived into the ring to save little Jerry. :-b
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Postby awwchrist » Thu Jan 27, 2005 4:48 pm

I would have to say that EVERY other piece of legislation on his desk is infinitely more important than this.
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Postby mtryanks12 » Thu Jan 27, 2005 5:17 pm

there's no way n the world the government would even spend time debating that.
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Postby no1cowboysfan » Thu Jan 27, 2005 5:19 pm

you'd be very suprised on just how stupid our government can be...
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Postby mtryanks12 » Thu Jan 27, 2005 5:29 pm

no, they're not that stupid. But maybe in Oklahoma they are. . . :-?
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Postby awwchrist » Thu Jan 27, 2005 7:13 pm

We just had an elected official on the ways and means committee get busted for pocketing 33,000 bucks. He thought he'd get over on us by showing he'd pay out on campaign advertisements, then just keep the cash.

Yeah, they're that stupid.
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Postby ljthockey » Thu Jan 27, 2005 7:19 pm

Nilmerf wrote:This thread reminds me of when Kramer dived into the ring to save little Jerry. :-b


Yeah that actually went through my head to I love seinfeld

Anyways who would want to see chickens fight with gloves on I was just be laughing the whole time.
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