Sunday, July 06, 2008

NYT on NM Cockfighting

I am sorry, but I think this article on NM's anti- cockfight crusade can be quoted to make its own argument against the ban.

"After two weeks of preparation, 150 officers, backed up by a helicopter, slipped into this sleepy desert town. Their focus was not illegal immigration or drug smuggling, but a less pressing crime: cockfighting."

(Snip)

"Some police officers in this state say the pressure for stepped-up enforcement from the animal rights lobby has become so intense that resources are being diverted from more serious crimes, like drunken driving and amphetamine abuse.

"For years the state’s governor, Bill Richardson, a Democrat, avoided the issue. In 2006, Jay Leno ridiculed him on the “Tonight Show,” for saying there were strong arguments on both sides of the issue.... But in March 2007, Mr. Richardson signed the measure outlawing the sport. He was widely criticized as only getting behind the legislation because he was then running for president.

“You can’t go on the national stage and have people find out you have no problem with a bloody sport,” said Sheriff Darren White of Bernalillo County, where officers issued citations for two cockfighting misdemeanors in a raid on June 21."

[Ed. note: White is a known AR advocate who is against hunting and for mandatory spay neuter among other things.]

"“New Mexico is on the verge of having a modern culture,” said Heather Ferguson, the legislative director for Animal Protection of New Mexico, an animal-rights lobbying group. Ms. Ferguson said a newly established animal cruelty hot line was receiving about 90 calls every two weeks."

"As public support rises, so do costs. The Chaparral raid cost the four counties involved more than $25,000, officials said. And several high-ranking police officers, who asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to talk to reporters, said that while they oppose cockfighting they are frustrated at how politicians are disproportionately emphasizing the crime."

“We don’t even investigate misdemeanors on other crimes,” one officer said. “We laugh at these investigations.” Of one cockfighting raid he said: “We wasted $10,000 on a recent misdemeanor. I’d rather use that for a D.U.I. checkpoint and take 20 people off the road in the three hours and save lives over chickens. I feel good when we save chickens, but whoop-de-do, a misdemeanor?”

(Snip)

"For 16 years, Richard and Louisa Lopez operated a 310-seat cockfighting arena at their farm in Luis Lopez, N.M. The $30,000 they earned annually from the operation helped subsidize their farm expenses, and send their children to college. Last month, they used the arena for their family reunion and a baby shower.

" “We don’t have money to buy diesel sometimes,” Mr. Lopez said. “And this is the place that kept my farm going.”

"In January, the courts dismissed a suit by the New Mexico Gamefowl Association claiming economic devastation. Ms. Gojkovich, the animal control investigator, was hardly sympathetic.

" “You need to go find a job at Wal-Mart,” she said."

Or maybe sell out to developers? THAT'd be Green...

I believe Ms. Gojkovitch is a recent immigrant BTW.

Also BTW: all "seized" roosters are immediately killed. And not eaten. I'm sure they enjoy that more than fighting.

For the record, I do not keep chickens, nor do I support dogfighting. HT Annie H.

In related developments, Peculiar links to an article with an interesting quote:

""Now that Plum Creek is getting out of the timber business, we're kind of missing the loggers," said Ray Rasker, executive director of Headwaters Economics, a nonprofit that studies land management in the West. "A clear-cut will grow back, but a subdivision of trophy homes, that's going to be that way forever.""

Oh well- as Moro says in a comment, "Trophy homes don't last forever either, heh heh heh." Nature bats last.

7 comments:

batwrangler said...

Like fighting dogs, fighting cocks are generally "saved" by being euthanized. This strikes me as a peculiar use of the word "saved": "Put out of their misery", yes; "saved", no.

LabRat said...

Cripes. I'm no fan of watching animals forced to fight in any context, and that includes bullfighting, but... there is no way to rotate this and make it logically consistent.

If the treatment of chickens as factory farming requires is okay, why is this not? If all "blood sport" is bad, then why the fuck are boxing and mixed martial arts still legal? Have you seen what boxing does to the contestants long-term? Some people still get killed, fer chrissakes. While I'll cheerfully admit to watching boxing- it matters that the competitors chose the sport, as animals are unable to- it's very definitely, underlined in red, BLOOD SPORT.

Doesn't make the grade from an animal-welfare standpoint OR a cruelty-free-sports one.

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