Louisiana now the last holdout in cockfighting

March 12, 2007

Reported by Associated Press

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson today signed a measure that outlaws cockfighting in his state. That leaves Louisiana as the only state where cockfighting remains legal.

The prohibition takes effect June 15th. Richardson signed the new law during a news conference today at the state Capitol in Santa Fe. He was joined by actress Ali MacGraw, who lives near the capital city and has lobbied for years for a ban on the practice.

New Mexico Game Fowl Association president Ronald Barron says cockfighters are preparing a legal challenge. He won't elaborate, other than saying one or more lawsuits could be filed "within the next couple of weeks."

Cockfighters claim a ban will drive them underground. However, Richardson offered three words for those planning to hold illegal cockfights: "Don't do it."