The Humane Society of the United States has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the US Postal Service’s refusal to implement parts of the new federal law that prohibits the mailing of animal- fighting paraphernalia, including trade magazines that advertise fighting animals, knives and other implements used in illegal dogfights and cockfights.
The lawsuit is being filed as a companion case to an action that HSUS filed against Amazon.com for shipping animal-fighting publications.
In May, Bush signed into law the federal Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act. One provision of the law states that it is a felony to send any “commercial speech for purposes of promoting or in any other manner furthering an animal- fighting venture” through the mail.
The lawsuit claims that the “USPS is violating the law by knowingly accepting animal-fighting materials for mailing, and by issuing discount, bulk mail permits to two animal-fighting trade publications â€” The Feathered Warrior and The Gamecock, both published in Arkansas.”
From DM News:
“The Postal Service should not be in the business of shipping illegal animal-fighting paraphernalia around the country, and it certainly shouldn’t be giving criminals a discount rate,” said Wayne Pacelle, president/CEO of the HSUS, in a statement. “Congress has spoken, and now it’s time for the Postal Service to stop looking the other way when it comes to the cruel and illegal practice of staged animal fighting.”
The HSUS alerted USPS officials to the new animal-fighting law the same day it was enacted, and asked them to halt the mailing of two trade magazines that are essentially mail-order catalogs for illegal cockfighting weapons and fighting birds.
The society said Congress was explicit in its intent to halt mailing of these magazines, including by noting in the Congressional Record that the new law “prohibits the Web sites and the magazines where fighting animals are advertised for sale.”
Nevertheless, the group said the USPS recently issued a â€œterse ruling permitting the continued mailing of these illegal items.â€
Gerry McKiernan, media relations manager at the USPS added: “We have given thorough consideration to the material provided by the Humane Society and determined that the magazines in question are still mailable.”