It is bad enough that lawmakers go to such lengths to undermine the [voters] initiative process. Even worse is when they do so to defend the indefensible. The Oklahoma Legislature, to take the most egregious current example, has just approved an amendment doubling the number of signatures for any ballot measure involving animals. The reason for this double standard? To block an initiative outlawing the grotesque bloodsport of cockfighting. Incredibly, it is still legal in Oklahoma to attach razors to the legs of roosters and then goad them into slashing each other while spectators bet on which one will bleed to death first. Even more incredibly, Oklahomas elected representatives are willing to erode Oklahomas democratic system to protect this barbaric entertainment.
Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe, June 7, 2001, A18. Jacoby@globe.com