Is cockfighting alive and well in New Mexico?

There are 20 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Apr 8, 2009, titled Is cockfighting alive and well in New Mexico?. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

When the New Mexico Legislature was debating a bill to ban cockfighting, supporters of the brutal blood sport argued that the new law would simply drive the cockfighters underground, not end the activity.

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Simple Jack

Sherman, TX

#1 Apr 8, 2009
"The four people arrested in the raid all face petty misdemeanor charges." Meanwhile those public servants, in an effort to "protect and serve" continue to be plagued by bodies in the desert, drive-by shooters, out for a little target practice and those oh so pesky red light camera's, equally adept at the art of "protecting and serving" and lets not forget the odd late night robbery at the Quick Pic, would benefit by some of that good solid police work that has lead to "The four people arrested in the raid all face petty misdemeanor charges." Even though I'm 600 miles away I'll rest easy tonight.
TENNESSEE

Lebanon, TN

#2 Apr 8, 2009
Nice to see NM has eliminated all serious crimes where they are free to work on jay walking and spitting on the sidewalk type criminals. Looks like they saved these poor chickens only to kill them.
Inhumane

Las Cruces, NM

#3 Apr 8, 2009
I'm just curious. What is so humane about euthanizing over 600 animals? It sounds far worse than cockfighting casualties to me. I mean, how does this solve anything? The animals are doomed to death one way or the other.
Border Native-American

Woodland Park, CO

#4 Apr 8, 2009
"Is Cockfighting ALie and Well in N.M." Most of these guys fighting roosters are Mexican illegal aliens. They don't have to follow the law. Duh..
Bbad

Artesia, NM

#5 Apr 8, 2009
Border Native-American wrote:
"Is Cockfighting ALie and Well in N.M." Most of these guys fighting roosters are Mexican illegal aliens. They don't have to follow the law. Duh..
In the mean time over 35 Americans were shot to death over the same week end around our great country and wonder where the police were as these killers shot person after person all week end.
At least the chickens died by injection and not a bullet to the head.
Bob Taylor

AOL

#6 Apr 8, 2009
Law enforcement and reporters within the "newspaper" going after anything to sell a newspaper. Killing a chicken is tops on your list of crimes in New Mexico? Would you actually put a person in jail for killing a chicken? Do you think most people could care less about a chicken being killed? Are drugs, rapes, robberys or car-jackings ANYWHERE on your reporters list of things to report? What a sad, sick bunch of clowns! No wonder people have stopped buying the "newspaper" in Los Cruces!
Great One

Las Cruces, NM

#7 Apr 8, 2009
Cockfighting will never stop! Not in NM, not in the u.s. Because some wanna be big wigs got together and were pursuaded to sign a piece of paper prohibiting a sport passed through generations? whatever! Whatever the case may be, as long as people are willing to see it, do it , participate, it'll never stop.
Great One

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Apr 8, 2009
To say that most cockfighters around here are mexican illegal aliens, is just RIDICULOUS!!! There are many different races, cultures, both citizens and aliens that participate! People would show up from all over the world a few years ago to attend derbies , from guam, hawaii, vietnam, thailand, mexico, spain, cuba, puerto rico, phillipines,not to mention nationwide! Like i've said before, there were numerous avenues for revenue with cockfighting in NM, the state should've just figured out ways to tax it and get paid. After all, it is money that makes the roundhouse turn!
Great One

Las Cruces, NM

#9 Apr 9, 2009
If things weren't so crazy in mexico, i would jump at the opportunity to fight down there. Rumors of Native American Reservations hosting derbies excites all cockfighting enthusiast
Stacey Williams

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Apr 9, 2009
You can't fight chickens but two men can get into a metal cage and beat one another bloody. Only in America!
Border Native-American

Woodland Park, CO

#11 Apr 9, 2009
Stacey Williams wrote:
You can't fight chickens but two men can get into a metal cage and beat one another bloody. Only in America!
Fighting is an international phenomena since the dawn of man. But feel free to blame America first and only like radical left wing mainstream media tells you.
Albert J Reine

Stockton, CA

#12 Apr 9, 2009
The law needs to be changed to be a FELONY; New Mexico this is a cruel sport, and the people who practice this illegal sport are just evil monsters. Demand better from your Governor and Attorney General. STOP THIS ASAP ! One more Illegal Mexican, and one more illegal practice, BARBAIC !
Der Kommissar

El Prado, NM

#13 Apr 9, 2009
What is F'ng hilarious is that the government will probably kill more animals than those running the illegal operations. Awesome!!!!
Tbucks aka Coach

Fredericksburg, TX

#14 Apr 10, 2009
If Billy Boy "screw his previous supporters" Richardson had never decided to run for president. IT was perfectly legal to fight cocks in several NM counties to this day. Course he turned his back on his supporters for political gain and $$$$$ from the ARAs. Feel sorry fo the cocks, hens, and little chicks that were killed and the people that made their living with them...But also feel sorry for the businesses in small towns like Jal, NM that are also suffering or put out of business because the pits were shut down. NM had the county option in effect. THus if the majority of the people in a certain county wanted to allow the fights then they could have them. Those counties opposed could vote it right out. Now what could be fairer or more democratic. Personally I am so tired of URban America making the rules for Rural America.
Ryan

Arlington, VA

#15 Apr 12, 2009
I was at a cockfight in Texas last year where two people got shot. I'm never taking part in taht crap again. Cockfighters are violent trash and I never should have gone.

“I Put the "B" in ITCH!!”

Since: Jun 08

Wood-Ridge, NJ

#16 Apr 13, 2009
Inhumane wrote:
I'm just curious. What is so humane about euthanizing over 600 animals? It sounds far worse than cockfighting casualties to me. I mean, how does this solve anything? The animals are doomed to death one way or the other.
Is this you DD? This is MM........
Jerry G

Houston, TX

#17 Apr 15, 2009
I think this is a waste of time trying to go after cockfighting, when in fact we need to look for real criminals that buy,sell and traffic drugs. There are other crimes that need attention out on the street and these ignorant animal control people waste their time trying to make money from protecting these cocks. If this is so true why do they kill them after they are rescued. If they truelly love animals they need to keep them in a cage and take care of them instead of putting them to sleep. They don't care about animals they are after money this is how they make their money running these scams and the funny part is the senators believe them lol.
Jerry G

Houston, TX

#18 Apr 15, 2009
Cockfighting has been around since ancient times in all races.
The sport was also very popular in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. Presidents like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln were admirers of the sport and rumor has it that President Lincoln got his nickname "Honest Abe" for his fairness as a judge in cockfights. Overall, it was socially acceptable and encouraged to have gamecocks. The U.S. would eventually become a center for cockfighting activities and events, and the fighting-cock almost became the national emblem of the United States, losing by just one vote to the American eagle.
Albert J Reine

United States

#19 Apr 16, 2009
Do not worry; After Governor Richardson comes home from Rome; Governor Richardson will be the new SAINT RICHARSION, like St. Francis, ST.Richardsion will take care of the chickens, and animals of New Mexico, just like he has with all the killers in New Mexico, Remember to kiss his hand, he is now a SAINT !
hollis

Midland, TX

#20 Feb 21, 2010
A person who dont like cockfight dont understand cockfighting !!!

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