think back - remember the ones the cutter missed? Many of them come out of the boiling, scalding water with their flesh almost on fire ALIVE! The parolee telling me the story told me many nights he would have nightmares about them as they emerged from the hot pit, convulsing and making a terrible loud screaming sound from the pain they were enduring. Next, the conveyor goes into the gutting room, where if they happen to still be alive and screaming, they are gutted alive and their misery finally ends.
The purpose of me sharing this gross, morbid story with you? Last month, in Cocke County, Tennessee, near Newport, after a long investigation, the FBI raided a major cock fight, and arrested a lot of people. Now, I see something terribly wrong with this picture. First of all, the FBI??? I mean, folks, this is a case about putting a few chickens in a ring and having maybe a hundred people watch them and place bets. The FBI??? I mean, from some of the names of people arrested, "Bubba," "Junior", "Hound Dog", and so forth, I don't think these people have Middle Eastern ties! The FBI??? White collar crime is rampant with executives stealing working American's pensions right and left and the FBI has enough manpower to investigate and raid a cock fight in the hills of Tennessee?
But, the story only gets worse. Several of our state legislators have now jumped on the "cock fighting is evil but chicken processing plants are okay" bandwagon and have introduced a bill to make cock fighting a felony in Tennessee. For those of you who don't really know what a felony is, it means you are sentenced to a year or more in the state penitentiary instead of just a short sentence in your county jail.
Do you know what it costs to house each inmate in prison for one year in this country? Somewhere around $45,000. Have you read how overcrowded prisons are in this country? Did you know 1 out of every 12 adult males in this country are already incarcerated in prison at this very moment? Did you know many of those incarcerated are for violent crimes such as murder, rape, sexual abuse of children, and drug distribution? And now, some of our legislators want to spend money to put guys there who like to watch chickens kill each other? And it's still okay to send millions of chickens a day to a brutal death in a processing plant and that's okay? Something is definitely wrong with this picture!
Let me get one thing perfectly clear - I am not a supporter of cock fighting in any form or fashion, but for the FBI to spend time and money on it in these times is nothing short of ridiculous. Furthermore, for legislators to want to pass a law to SPEND TAX MONEY to put people who participate in cock fighting in prison is even more ludicrous!
Does no one have common sense anymore?