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U.S. Sens. Dan Inouye and Dan Akaka were both part of a strong Senate majority that voted recently to make attending a cockfight a federal crime.

The 88-11 vote, held June 20, would apply to all animal fights. It was greeted with excitement by animal rights organizations like the ASPCA.

It came to my attention Friday after someone by the name of Nate Gaddis authored an op-ed on BigIslandNow.com criticizing the decision. A sampling:

With much bigger felony-related fish to fry, it’s hard to imagine law enforcement officers being eager to spend their Saturday nights raiding backyard chicken brawls. Here in the Aloha State, there’s a high percentage chance they’d be arresting a friend or neighbor.

The amended Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 (known as the “Farm Bill”) has now been forwarded to the House of Representatives for consideration. When a standalone bill was introduced in that chamber last year, it attracted almost 200 cosponsors — including Colleen Hanabusa but not Mazie Hirono.

What do you think? Should it be against the law to attend a cockfight?

Michael Levine

(Photo by Flickr user Jeda Villa Bali)