Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Keep Cockfighting Ban In Cibola County.(Editorial Page)

Editorials

Cibola County's three new county commissioners should resist any thought of re-legalizing cockfighting.

Cockfighting has been illegal in Cibola County since 1987. But proponents of the sport say it has been openly practiced in the county for at least 16 years with the knowledge and implied consent of authorities.

Raton businessman Steve Hayden told the commission he had invested in a lease on the Zuni Mountain Game Club as a venue for cockfighting. He said he did so because the sheriff's office told him cockfighting was legal in the county. If that's true, Hayden should have obtained better advice about Cibola County ordinances before investing. …

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