§102.23.  Cockfighting

A.  It shall be unlawful for any person to:

(1)  Organize or conduct any commercial or private cockfight wherein there is a display of combat or fighting among one or more domestic or feral chickens and in which it is intended or reasonably foreseeable that the chickens would be injured, maimed, mutilated, or killed; or

(2)  Possess, train, purchase, or sell any chicken with the intent that the chicken shall be engaged in an unlawful commercial or private cockfight as prohibited in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection.

B.  As used in this Section, the following words and phrases have the following meanings ascribed to them:

(1)  ”Chicken” means any bird which is of the species Gallus gallus, whether domestic or feral.

(2)  ”Cockfight” means a contest wherein chickens are set against one another with the intention that they engage in combat.

C.(1)  Whoever violates the provisions of this Section, on conviction of a first offense, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

(2)  On a conviction of a second offense, the offender shall be fined not less than seven hundred fifty dollars, nor more than two thousand dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than six months nor more than one year, or both. In addition to any other penalty imposed, on a conviction of a second offense, the offender shall be ordered to perform fifteen eight-hour days of court-approved community service.  The community service requirement shall not be suspended.

(3)  On a conviction of a third offense, the offender shall be fined not less than one thousand dollars, nor more than two thousand dollars, and shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than three years.  At least six months of the sentence imposed shall be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Acts 2007, No. 425, §1, eff. Aug. 15, 2008.