For several years we have written about animal cruelty and cockfighting in Kentucky. Each time, a predictable subset of society chimes in with half-illiterate responses and attacks.
Here’s just a small taste:
- Kentuckians Want Tougher Cockfighting Laws [January 28, 2010]
- Why Is Cockfighting a Problem in Kentucky? [February 24, 2010]
- Here’s A Gift For Our Dear Readers This Monday [June 13, 2011]
Throughout those same years, there’s been tons of speculation about why tougher cockfighting regulations and animal cruelty laws never see the light of day. The primary focus has always landed on House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who has an apparent penchant for protecting friends and relatives who operate cockfighting rings. Just speculation, of course, since law enforcement is still afraid to go on the record with specifics.
But Greg isn’t the only person in state government keen on this sort of protection. Seems there are several in Frankfort who don’t just defend the cruel act but actively support it.
Take John Purdy, an environmental biologist in Frankfort with the Department of Highways making $52,032, according to the latest salary database search current as of April 2011.
You’ll absolutely want to read the rest of this disaster after the jump…
In 2001, Ernie Fletcher’s office was contacted because he was using his state government cell phone on his cockfighting and cockfighting-related business websites:
He was merely forced to change the number on the sites as a result.
What kind of websites? A site based in the Phillipines catering to discussion of cockfighting, which he operates/operated with a business partner:
And a video production company based in Frankfort that sells cockfighting videos for high prices:
Titles like “2011 World Slasher Cup” for $90:
The registry information for his cockfighting production company:
And other videos filled with animal cruelty:
Purdy is allegedly one of the individuals the Kentucky State Police pursued in search of cockfighting. But he’s been protected by several people in Frankfort.
So what was that, again, about the folks in Frankfort not working to protect cockfighters?
They knew for years that this guy worked for state government and turned a solid blind eye in the coverup.
This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things.
A handful of mouth breathers will leave nasty, misspelled, meth-added comments in 3, 2…