Tuesday, April 27, 2004

At our house, the Little Black Dog plays the same game with guests

Never let it be said that the Louisiana Legislature isn't on the cutting edge of social responsibility.

A bill was approved in the state House of Representatives today that would outlaw "hog-dog" events in the state. For those of you not fortunate enough to have spent significant time in north Louisiana, "hog-dog" refers to a "sport" akin to cock fighting; the twist being that it's dogs v. pig, not chicken v. chicken.

In sponsoring the anti-hog-dog bill, Rep. Warren Tiche described the activity as "violent cruel, inhumane, barbaric and damn well sadistic" and argued that allowing such things to happen in the state contributes to Louisiana's poor national image.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "If hog dogging is made illegal, Cap'n Ken, what'll happen to Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials?"

Fear not, you hog-dog fan. The Uncle Earl event, since the dogs there only corner the pig, not kill them (think dog as rodeo cowboy, pig as rodeo calf), will still be legal.

But for the sake of Louisiana's reputation, they must end the "bad" hog-dogging immediately!

And then they'll turn their attention to cock fighting. Oh, did I forget to mention that Louisiana is one of just two states (New Mexico) where cockfighting is still legal?


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