The bill was proposed on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States, which heads one of the largest efforts to end cockfighting across the country. HSUS, along with ASPCA and other animal welfare groups, called out the chicken boxing bill as a "creative excuse" open to cockfighters seeking reduced penalties. The organization's new law, however, will rule out the legalization of any sport that involves chickens in combat with one another.
HSUS's state director for Louisiana Julia Breaux called the bill one of the "best animal fighting laws in the region," according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "This state will never again be a refuge for those who engage in these cruel spectacles where roosters are forced to fight to the death," Breaux said.