Many of you in your 40s or older will remember one of most common terms used by the media not too long ago was "cold war". Basically, it's is a war of non-military, non violent means or a war of words and policies with economic threats or, propaganda hype may be included from one political force trying to out-mouth the other.
For many years, the animal agriculture business and animal rights extremist have been at a "cold war" against each other with a minor terrorist incident of cowardly violence here and there from the animal extremist.
In recent years, the animal rights movement has been successful in getting their words and policies carved into legislation through liberal media and political influence. Many extreme laws giving an animal more legal protection than humans have been passed with several forms of animal agriculture being terminated as a result. By most part, this has been without violent confrontation as the victims in this cold war are just ordinary, law-abiding folks not looking for trouble, which can't be said for their opposition.
However, the war of words has created a legal means that now is depriving citizens of their freedom and rights to fairness under due process. People are having their farms raided and raped by animal humane type orgs along with local police support. Victim farm owners face financial demise and the burdon of proving innocence because guilt has already been assumed by authorities. Citizens are going to jail for acts such as cockfighting or just the intent.
People are facing prison time for chicken fighting comparible to violent crimes against another human. One example being in Virginia, a man sold two chickens to an undercover animal rights activist who later testified where for the purpose of fighting. The accused faced 10 years in state prison, one for each chicken sold and was not even close to an actual cockfight. In comparison, also in Virginia, a woman was convicted of child neglect, causing the death of that child and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. So, per our former Attorney General and current Governor, Bob McDonnell, who forced this idiocy into law, two chickens being sold with intent warrant the same penalty as neglect causing the loss of human life.
Right now in South Carolina, good people, every day people you could talk to at your local market and have never seen the inside of a jail are facing federal prison time cause they where at a cockfight which had grocery items produced years prior from another state. But truth be told, it really comes down to a state Attorney General joined at the hip with an animal rights organization and willing to sacrifice his own people's freedom and rights to due process for his own political aspirations.
When you can read the paper and learn of a child molester getting a year in jail on one page and a dogfighter getting 15 years on another page, it should tell you we are going backward as a nation and not forward. Our priorities are distorted and current trend has many laws based on lobbying power and special interest money more so than morality.
NOTICE:The cold war is long over. The ARA have the legislative ammo they have been seeking for years and now destroying people's lives, breaking up families, breaking up family farms, bankrupting animal agri business etc. People are receiving jail sentences for doing as freedom, tradition and family heritage has taught and allowed for hundreds of years. Freedom for that which you love is at stake and it's not a matter if you're ever effected, it's a matter of when.
When that day comes, your freedom, home, family, family bloodlines, and finances will be in jeopardy for the sake of a chicken, dog or some farm animal. Each time a major farm goes down, passing a law taking someones freedom, another barned is burned or 500 gamefowl are killed in the hands of humane organizations, they toast another drink and have one of those vegan parties to celebrate our loss.