Cockfighting Ban Hits Home

11-16-04 - The fight over cockfighting in Oklahoma ended this week, but has left local game fowl breeders with few choices on what to do next. The state supreme court rejected the final appeal from the 2002 ban on cockfighting.

That ban makes fighting chickens a felony. Local breeders are now faced with either killing their birds or keeping as many as they can. They can’t ship them out of state, thanks to a new federal law.

But when it comes to enforcement of the law, Bryan County Sheriff Bill Sturch says he doesn’t foresee any problems. He says most breeders have already gotten rid of their chickens.

Under the Oklahoma law, participants in cockfights and those raising birds for fighting can face up to ten years in jail and a $25,000 fine.