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State Senator Wants Cockfights, with Gloves

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma senator hopes to revive cockfighting in the state by putting tiny boxing gloves on the roosters instead of razors.

The Oklahoma legislature outlawed the blood sport in 2002 because of its cruelty to the roosters, which are slashed and pecked to death while human spectators bet on the outcome. But State Sen. Frank Shurden, a Democrat from Henryetta and a long-time defender of cockfighting, said the ban had wiped out a $100-million business.

To try to revive it, he has proposed that roosters wear little boxing gloves attached to their spurs, as well as lightweight, chicken-sized vests configured with electronic sensors to record hits and help keep score.

"It's like the fencing that you see on the Olympics, you know, where they have little balls on the ends of the swords and the fencers wear vests," said Shurden. "That's the same application that would be applied to the roosters."

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13 Responses:

  1. You know... I shared this story with the Aggregator stuff.
    But an image is worth a 1,000 words as they say! ;-P

  2. glocka says:

    I am lost! Dring the year of the rooster - are we supposed to protect them or eat/kill as many of them as possible?

  3. kellibunny says:

    This is what our senators are talking about!?!

  4. robflynn says:

    While I don't agree with cock fighting, the idea of little roosters with boxing gloves is really funny.

    Now, who wants a mushroom tattoo?

  5. grublett says:

    yep. you just gotta love this state. that or let it drive you completely insane.

  6. qacdefeej says:

    "It's like the fencing that you see on the Olympics, you know, where they have little balls on the ends of the swords and the fencers wear vests..."

    ...and we all know how popular fencing is.

    (They're *weapons* by the way, not "swords.")

    • maxvt says:

      Does this mean fencing popularity would be much improved if the contestants drop the vests and balls, and just slash/pierce/stab each other to death?

      ...It could be a $100-million business too, you know...

      • hollyqueen says:

        No, but fencing would be more popular if they all dressed in chicken suits.

      • vatine says:

        There was a *massive* upswing in fencing popularity when the latest Bond film was released (the one whith the looong fencing sequence). My club has gone from ca 10 fencers each night to about 25-30 each night.

  7. evildrgo says:

    Dude...

    I'm glad your browser has the blink tag...

    \m/ \m/

    Rock on!