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Stupidest Lawsuit of the Moment

coxbox.jpgJason Atkins founded a Hollywood-based company which broadcasts cockfights from Puerto Rico over the internet. Classy business. Now he can’t broadcast cockfights from the US, obviously, since cockfights have been banned in all states except for Louisiana (and they’ll be banned there effective next August). But Atkins’ bigger problem is a pesky federal law bans the creation, sale or possession of any videos or photographs which show the intentional wounding or killing of an animal. Seems to be little question that cockfighting webcasts would fall within the purview of this law, and that they wouldn’t qualify for an exemption (i.e., the animal cruelty isn’t for the purpose of science, education, religion, etc.).

To Atkins’ credit, rather than simply operating illegally, he’s decided to get a legal ruling on the issue by suing the Department of Justice in an attempt to get a ruling that this law shouldn’t apply to him. His lawyer says he’s trying to do everything “openly above board,” and that he’ll close his business down if the lawsuit is unsuccessful. So I can sorta’ applaud Atkins for working within the system.

However, his legal argument is crap. Basically, he says that cockfighting is legal in Puerto Rico. Plus, “[t]hese birds are doing what they naturally do. … To me, it’s more humane than fishing or hunting.” So he reasons that he should be allowed to broadcast activity which is legal in the place where he records it. Particularly because the law in question was, he argues, designed to go after fetish videos, rather than cockfighting videos.

But this is ridiculous because, at the end of the day, the law is pretty clear - you can’t create and sell videos showing the intentional wounding or killing of an animal. It doesn’t say “illegal” wounding or killing. If it did, then he might have an argument. But as it stands, the legality of this stupid “sport” in Puerto Rico is simply irrelevant.

But don’t you go feeling sorry for Atkins. Even if he can’t continue with his cockfight webcasting, his website (www.ToughSportsLive.com) also includes “Girls and Guns,” which are videos of chicks in bikinis firing off automatic guns (“sexy hips with loaded clips”). And there’s surely nothing illegal about hot chicks shooting the hell out of stuff, right?

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Not that I want to see this prick succeed and broadcast cockfighting, but how do hunting shows which are on ESPN and OLN get by this law? The entire point of the show is to watch people kill animals. I don't actually watch them so maybe the moment of death isn't recorded; just the stalking and then the trophy aftermath.


I have the same question. I'm pretty sure the hunting shows don't actually show the actual death of the animal, but just about every fishing show includes a shot of someone holding up a fish that's flopping around with a hook in its mouth. How is that not "the intentional wounding or killing of an animal"?

Hunting and fishing is more inhummane than cockfighting. Look at "cock fighting" in wikipedia, read about roosters and their natural setting. From birth they naturally fight. Do deer and bears naturally shoot each other for bragging rights? I give Atkins MAJOR kudos for actually opening ignorant American eyes on the subject.

We should also keep in mind, there is a large Latin population in the US, in which cockfighting is part of their culture. Why should they be deprived of their cultural sport, while Americans continue to watch fish being hunted on National Television Networks? Atkins is clearly within his rights!

Tough Sports Live is a cultural web and brings tipical sports from diferent parts of the world, and plus just watch who likes it!


re: the moment of death on hunting shows


The moment of death is ABSOLUTLEY shown on these shows. I really don't get it as it seems rather pornographic to me, but OLN doesn't shy away from the money shot in my experience. I can't think of the 'bubba with a gun' show I have seen this on, but seen it I have.

Ray,
Within various cultures it is traditional to stone women to death for minor infractions of their customs and laws. Should members of these cultures who reside in the USA be allowed to practice this with no regard for US laws on Murder and Torture? How about Female infanticide? Widow burning? Polygamy or Polyandry? How about Child Prostitution? Female circumcision?
Whether or not one finds Fishing distasteful or cruel, it is legal in the USA and regulated. Cockfighting is illegal in the US and therefore regardless of one’s opinion or cultural affiliation it should NOT be allowed to be broadcast on the public media. Never mind the fact that it is SICK!
Rights?! Come on!

Ray,
Within various cultures it is traditional to stone women to death for minor infractions of their customs and laws. Should members of these cultures who reside in the USA be allowed to practice this with no regard for US laws on Murder and Torture? How about Female infanticide? Widow burning? Polygamy or Polyandry? How about Child Prostitution? Female circumcision?
Whether or not one finds Fishing distasteful or cruel, it is legal in the USA and regulated. Cockfighting is illegal in the US and therefore regardless of one’s opinion or cultural affiliation it should NOT be allowed to be broadcast on the public media. Never mind the fact that it is SICK!
Rights?! Come on!

sorry for the double post/rant, my bad.

Hey all this guy is tring to do is to bring sports from around the world to educate people on different cultural issue. We as americans belive we have all the reason of the world. Taht attitude is what has us in troublr around the world. Cockfighting is banned in the US but the reality is that is still a huge sport and follow by many in mid america. Wake up guys.

Hey Frank. Cockfighting may be a huge sport followed by many people in the US, and it may be legal in other places in the world, but that doesn't change the fact that US law bans the creation or distribution of videos of intentional animal cruelty. So it's not really a matter of "waking up" as much as it's a matter of complying with the law. Which even Atkins recognizes, which is why he's going to court. So maybe you need to wake up.

who decide what is animal cruelty
hunters,fishermans,, rodeo cowboys,race horse breeders ,its time to look at all sports that involved all living creatures and ask our self who have the final word for animal cruelty.

What a Stupid Ass!

I hope Atkins wins. A lot of selfish, overbearing people are quick to take the rights of their neighbors, as long as it doesn’t affect them. Those kinds of people make good socialists. Lawyers, Judges, and Politicians are quick to exchange our freedom for money; they make good Communists. Every freedom lost brings us closer to becoming a society of "Social Intolerants". Freedom takes a hit with every new law enacted, or in this case "the creation/accumulation of an entire new body of law". Animal Rights Law, what a crock, just an excuse for someone to use the law to enable "legal" extortion and racketeering. This law and this application of this law is a perfect example of the average citizen's inability to recognize legal abuse & act in the best interest of freedom. Look how its application is being expanded to include activities never intended at its inception. Any law that is not specific enough in application to prevent unintended or over-reaching use is, "unacceptable law", and should never be sanctioned by the public.

Cockfighting is less understood and less widely practiced in our culture than hunting. In PR the opposite is true. Applying this law to cockfighting and ignoring the more appropriate application to hunting would be a miscarriage of the application of the law, but, I’m sure some of the Animal Right’s thugs will get around to the hunting aspect, if it’s upheld in this instance.

Where is the ACLU? It looks like they would be jumping in with their legal expertize to defend our nation's constitutional right to free speach. The law in question was bought and paid for by animal rights extremist and shows the sad reality that our law makers are hired guns for the highest bidder. With such pressing issues as the war in the Middle East, financial woes here, borders that are anything but secure, abortion killing millions of unborn Americans every year, homeland security non-existant, and our great lawmakers concern themselves with the high priority task of converting the FBI into chicken police? It's a sad day when the money from special interest groups is what motivates our legislators. May God help America!