Hawaii Considers Strengthening Penalties Against Cockfighting and Dog Fighting

The Hawaii state Senate is currently considering a bill that would toughen penalties for cockfighting and dog fighting.

The bill, which was moved out of committee on February 28, would create a new Class C felony, “aggravated cruelty to animals,” which would include cockfighting under its purview. Cockfighting would then be punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Hawaiian Humane Society president Pam Burns testified at a hearing on the bill that under current Hawaiian statutes, offenders convicted of cockfighting are typically fined a mere $50 to $100.

The bill is opposed by the Hawaii Game Breeders Association. Association spokesperson Annette Lee question the need to make cockfighting a felony saying, “We do need to get our priorities in order when it comes to increasing felony crimes.”


Cockfighting bill advances. Viki Viotti, The Honolulu Advertiser, March 1, 2003.

One thought on “Hawaii Considers Strengthening Penalties Against Cockfighting and Dog Fighting”

Leave a Reply