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Cockfighting — cruelty, not sport

 

Regarding the May 24 story After South Miami-Dade cockfighting bust, a jam-packed court for arraignments: One of the men arrested, Osmany Cruz, said “This is foolishness. This is just a hobby. No one was robbing or stealing. It’s just a diversion.” One of the lawyers for the defendants suggested cockfighting is on the same moral plane as going to a baseball game.

As a society we must not put up with this nonsense. It is imperative that the courts and our community send the strongest signal that this way of thinking, this cruel treatment of animals is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

Cockfighting is not a hobby, it is horrendous human behavior. The legal system needs to do whatever it takes to make sure this behavior is eliminated. The punishment for causing harm to an animal should approach that for causing harm to a person. This would be a hallmark of a civilized society

Cockfighting might be legal in other countries, but it is not legal here. It is essential that out laws make it clear that we have certain moral principles to which we adhere and we will not tolerate cruelty to animals. This seems pretty black and white to me.

Peter P. Mitchell, Miami

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