United Poultry Concerns Cockfighting

United Poultry Concerns News Advisory:
Cockfighting Bill in New Mexico

A bill that would have made participation in cockfighting a felony in New Mexico passed the state House but was killed in the Senate on March 28. It was the farthest a bill to ban cockfighting had ever traveled in the New Mexico Legislature. Cockfighting pits are located mainly throughout rural southern New Mexico. Though NM cockfighters are mainly Hispanic, many Hispanics have spoken out against cockfighting and said they resent the fact that cockfighting is being made a cultural and racial issue in the state. A 2001 Research and Polling Inc. survey indicated that 71 percent of registered Hispanic voters support making cockfighting illegal. “This isn’t a case of city people telling rural people what to do,” said Mae Jeanne Rescineto de Garcia of Albuquerque. “Cockfighting has always been wrong.” 77 percent of New Mexicans consider cockfighting a barbaric blood sport that celebrates violence. State legislator Ron Godbey, who introduced the bill to make cockfighting a felony, said he will sponsor the bill again in 2 years at the next regular session, if he’s still in office. If not, he said, someone else will. (From The Boston Globe, 4/6/03.).


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