Friday, June 25, 2021

Cockfighting Ban Does Not Violate Establishment Clause

 In Hinds v. State of Texas,(TX App., June 24, 2021), a Texas state appellate court rejected petitioner's argument that the state's ban on cockfighting and on training animals for cockfighting violates the Establishment Clause. Petitioner, who was convicted of violating Texas Penal Code §42.105, according to the court, argued that:

paganism is a “nature worshiping religion” and that “animal rights laws are a clandestinely designed effort to institute laws respecting the establishment of the Pagan religion and animal worship.