I’m going to vote against this bill and I’m gonna tell you why. I’m going to vote against this bill out of respect for Abraham Lincoln, the founder of the Republican Party. He was fighting cocks on the White House lawn when he was accosted by an irate woman. He said, ‘Ma’am as long as the good Lord allows civilized men created in his own image to fight wars and kill each other while the civilized world stands by and watches, it’s not my place to deny the lowly chicken the same opportunity.’
A vote on the bill, which raises the minimum fine for cockfighting from $50 to $500, was delayed at the request of Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Murfreesboro, who said he didn't know what to do. The annual attempt to stop cockfighting always has failed in the legislature, mainly because the Humane Society is behind it, and farmers hate animal lovers.
During a House committee debate, pig farmer Rep. Andy Holt castigated the Humane Society as "an arch rival of animal agriculture" and called the cockfighting bill the "first step" toward making it illegal to beat mules and other livestock.