Two states trying to end cruelty: Horse tripping in Nevada and cockfighting in North Carolina

Photo by Mary R Vogt

One way to protect animals is through the legislative process. Two bills currently before two state legislatures will, if passed, help protect animals of these states.

Nevada residents, contact your state senators and ask them to support SB 364, a bill to end the practice of horse tripping. The bill would prohibit a person from engaging in horse tripping for enjoyment, entertainment, competition, or practice and from organizing a horse tripping event for the same purpose. Horse tripping is where some device, such as a wire, is used to cause a horse to fall or lose his or her balance. The bill includes criminal penalties for engaging in this act.

Residents of North Carolina, please write to your representatives asking them to support H 395, which would strengthen the law prohibiting cockfighting by extending the prohibition on cockfighting to include penalties against individuals who breed, possess, sell or train roosters, gamecock, or other fighting birds, as well as those who manufacture, promote, sell, or transport implements commonly used in cockfighting, including gaffs or slashers, or other sharp implements intended to be attached to the leg of a fighting bird.

Residents of other states, make sure your state has appropriate laws to protect all the animals within its borders. Join organizations within your state that follow bills in the state legislature and join their mailing lists so you can be informed and write to your legislators in support of appropriate protection for the animals.

One Response to “Two states trying to end cruelty: Horse tripping in Nevada and cockfighting in North Carolina”

  1. Eric Mills Says:

    Hey, folks –

    You really need to re-do the description of the horse tripping bill in Nevada (which just died for lack of a second).

    Forget the wires. Horse tripping (“manganas” or “piales”) is a standard event of the Mexican-style rodeos called “charreadas,” common throughout the American Southwest, already banned in nine states. In all three events, running horses are roped by their legs, risking life and limb.

    California was the first (I was the sponsor) in 1994.

    Call me for further info, if you wish. (Though the bill is dead for this session, and Nevada’s legislature meets only every other year.)

    Eric Mills, coordinator

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