According to a news source, “For the past four years, Tennessee lawmakers have tried to increase the penalty for cockfighting and, for the past four years, the bills have been blocked before they reached the House floor.
“’It is one of those anomalies in code. Fighting any other animal in the state is a felony, except for fighting roosters,’ said Rep. John Lundbert, R-Bristol….”
Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Knoxville, “considers people coming from other states for the fights as a form of tourism. ‘They buy food, they stay in hotels, they buy gas,’ he said.”
Tennessee is one of 12 states that do not classify cockfighting as a felony.
Take Action: Tennessee residents, write your legislators letting them know you want Tennessee to join the majority of states that have made cockfighting a felony. Let them know also that Tennessee can garner tourist dollars other ways, with the beautiful Great Smokey Mountains National Park, the Falls Creek Falls, and Pinson Mounds, not to mention The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the Alex Haley House, and, of course, the Grand Ole Opry.