Believe it or not, cockfighting (the blood sport where two cocks try to tear each other apart) is now legal in only one state: Louisiana.
A bill was passed into law last Friday in New Mexico outlawing the "sport". As of July 1, 2007 Louisiana will be the only state in the Union (in fact, the only jurisdiction north of the Mexico border) where cockfighting is legal. In spite of strong support for the bill, there was considerable resistance to it. Pro-hunting conservative groups were apparently scared of a "slippery slope" situation where outlawing cockfighting would eventually result in the outlawing of rodeos. The lack of any evidence of this happening in other jurisdictions did not silence the resistance.
This shocked me, as I just assumed this brutal and useless practise was illegal in the entire nation. England and Wales outlawed cockfighting in 1849. Scotland outlawed it in 1895.
With Louisiana the last, sad bastion of this "sport" it's likely pressure will increase, dragging Louisiana kicking and screaming out of the 19th century and toward a ban.
4 Good Years
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