It’s been a battle in the making for many years. The fight involves the Humane Society of the United States and Amazon.com, and the fight is over Amazon selling cockfighting magazines such as The Feathered Warrior and The Gamecock.
In July 2005, the HSUS sent a letter to the CEO of Amazon alerting of the violations to the federal law that the magazines’ sales represented and requested that the magazines be removed from their website. HSUS said there was no response from Amazon.
After a year, the HSUS contacted Amazon again saying that they would commence civil action against Amazon for the continued sale of the cockfighting magazines. The lawsuit was based on legal grounds: the federal Animal Welfare Act expressly and specifically prohibits use of the U.S. mail service for “promoting” or “in any other manner furthering” animal fighting. Amazon’s response: they were protected by the First Amendment.
The HSUS says that: “Amazon’s animal fighting materials are far more than an exchange of ideas; they are active solicitations for violent criminal activity, with the express purpose of promoting and furthering illegal animal fighting.” HSUS also says that the sale of these magazines is against the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007 that President Bush signed in May. Currently, Amazon.com is the only online venue for these cockfighting magazines.