The United Gamefowl Breeders Association (UGBA) is a tax-exempt organization that represents the interests of cockfighters throughout the nation.  Don and Donna Poteat, the former president and current secretary of the UGBA were recently busted by the FBI and other authorities for owning the biggest illegal cockfighting pit in the country, the Del Rio Game Glub in Cocke County, Tennessee. 

The UGBA receives tax-exempt status even though cockfighting is illegal in 48 states and the transport of animals and weapons used in cockfighting is a federal crime.  The IRS has granted tax-exempt status to the UGBA under Section 501(c)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code.  This section gives tax-exempt status to agriculture organizations whose primary purpose is the “betterment of conditions of those engaged in agriculture or horticulture, development of efficiency, or improvement of the grade of products.”  Clearly, this section was not intended to use taxpayers’ money to subsidize the production of gamecocks for the purpose of cockfighting. 

Urge your federal Representative to support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act, which has already been passed in the U.S. Senate.  For more information about the Act,
CLICK HERE.  For more information about the UGBA and its tax-exempt status, CLICK HERE.