Sunday, February 27, 2005
Fowl play north of the Red River
I have a feeling that the east and west coast MSM will pick up this story from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
When Oklahoma state Sen. Frank Shurden began relating his plan to put boxing gloves on roosters, a friend and former lawmaker couldn't believe what he was hearing.
"Boxing chickens?" ...
[The friend] burst out laughing. "What'll they wear, Frank?
"Little bitty trunks?"
"Vests," Shurden said. One green, the other red. "With electronic sensors." ...
Most states banned cockfighting in the 1800s. The practice was illegal in Oklahoma until 1963, when a flamboyant state judge reviewed the book of Genesis and ruled that chickens are not animals. This astonishing declaration meant that fowl weren't covered under an animal fighting statute that had been adopted about the time of statehood.
In 2002, 56 percent of Oklahomans voted to outlaw cockfighting.
There's much, much more, including this bit of useful trivia: "Chicken boxing is fashioned after Olympic fencing."
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If this were a state other than Oklahoma, would you still be blogging about it? ;-)
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