United Poultry Concerns July, 20 2006

Humane Society urges Amazon.com to quit selling cockfighting mags

SEATTLE -- The Humane Society of the United States has threatened to
sue Amazon.com Inc. unless it stops selling two magazines that promote

The animal welfare group said it first brought its concerns to
Amazon.com's attention almost a year ago, urging the online retailer
to remove The Gamecock and The Feathered Warrior from its Web site.

The Washington D.C.-based organization argues that Internet sales of
the magazines violate the federal Animal Welfare Act, which bars use
of mail or other means of interstate commerce to promote animal
fighting, unless it's performed outside the United States.

"That's their claim, and we don't agree with their claim, so we're
going to continue to make these titles available," Amazon.com
spokeswoman Patty Smith said Tuesday afternoon. "It's up to the
customer to determine what they feel is appropriate for them to

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