Cockfighters file lawsuit over recent ban

Staff Report
The Associated Press

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Gamefowl Breeders Association and six businessmen have gone to court, asking a judge to throw out a new state law that makes it illegal to fight roosters.

The lawsuit was filed yesterday in state district court in Lovington.

It argues that the ban violates rights protected under the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that made New Mexico a U-S territory.

It also argues that lawmakers failed to follow constitutionally required procedures when passing the ban.

The ban took effect June 15.

During a cockfight, two roosters fitted with blades fight in a pit until one is dead or badly wounded.

Although gambling on the fights is illegal, spectators openly wager on the outcome.