Senator J.P. Morrell submitted bill tightening rules on cockfighting
Senator Elbert Guillory claims bill will threaten 'chicken boxing'
Guillory says 'chicken boxing' is a legitimate sport
Senator Guillory claims cockfighting and 'chicken boxing' are very different
Senator Morrell said Guillory's claims 'sound like someone trying to circumvent cockfighting rules'
By LUKE GARRATT
PUBLISHED: 09:32, 2 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:24, 2 April 2014
A Louisiana senator has come out in favor of what he calls 'chicken boxing', a less bloody form of cockfighting, by opposing a bill that would close loopholes in the poultry fighting business and shut down the sport.
Republican Senator Elbert Guillory of Opelousas says the bill threatens the 'legitimate, less bloody sport of 'chicken boxing', a suggestion that baffled Senate judiciary committee members and New Orleans Senator J.P. Morrell, who proposed the bill.
The bill would tighten the state's cockfighting ban, bringing it up to date with state laws that prohibit dog fighting, by broadening the definition of 'chicken' in the current law to include roosters, game fowl and other birds.