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Letter: Failure to toughen penalty for cockfighting is disgusting
First Published Mar 22 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 22 2014 01:01 am

After reading that the Utah Senate wrangled too long to pass a bill making cockfighting a Class A misdemeanor, I was disappointed and disgusted ("Cockfighting bill is clawed to death," Tribune, March 13). It is incomprehensible to me how anyone would derive pleasure from watching pain being inflicted in such a brutal manner on any living creature.

It further dismays me that our wonderful state may be labeled a cockfighting capital. What a grim honor. We have been known for being champions in doing much good through volunteering and for many other accomplishments. Let’s continue to enhance our image, not detract from it.

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Perhaps a fitting punishment for those who gain pleasure from this ghoulish "sport" is for the perpetrators to be assigned countless hours of serving on a children’s cancer ward. They just might learn that helping is far more rewarding than hurting.

J.P. Haskins

Salt Lake City




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