Cockfighting—a New Mexico tradition
—Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund
One of the reasons cockfighters give to legitimatize their "sport" is because it is a tradition. In many cases a tradition is a man's practice of subjugating women, children, and animals. These so-called traditions are often based on patriarchal religious beliefs.
In some societies it is a tradition to deny baby girls food, to drown or suffocate them or break their spines. In some societies it is a tradition to sell women and young girls into slavery for purposes of prostitution. In some societies women are doused in gasoline and set on fire because their marriage dowries are considered to be too small. In some societies women who are raped are charged with adultery. In some societies girls are subjected to the painful and humiliating practice of genital mutilation. In some societies women are forced to have abortions and in others, they are denied the right to have them if they wish. In neither case are they asked their opinion. One thing is for sure, if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
In some societies, including parts of New Mexico, roosters are buried up to their necks in sand. Men (and I use the term loosely) ride by on horses and grab the rooster by their neck and pull their heads off. In Canada it is a tradition for seal hunters to club baby seals, skin them while they are alive and cut off the baby seal's penis. The seal penises are sold as aphrodisiacs for men who can't function sexually without eating another animal's sex organ. Canada isn't the only uncivilized country when it comes to selling animal parts for sexual gratification. Ground rhinoceros horn, snake's blood, elephant tusks, whale blubber, various animal testicles, penises, hearts and livers, and meat from young male animals such as veal are all sold as or considered aphrodisiacs in various parts of the world.
In this country there is a tradition by some nutcases to put a small dog and a ferret in a trash can and let them fight until the screaming stops. This "sport" prohibits the weak-stomached morons from having to watch the two animals destroy each other. This barbarism is called weaseling.
The cockfighters’ contention that their sport is a tradition is all the more reason to outlaw it. Cockfighting may not be as bad as some of the aforementioned, but it is evil just the same and the people who practice all of the so-called traditions I mentioned—including cockfighting—are demonic by nature.
In New Mexico, cockfighting is illegal in thirteen counties, including Sandoval County. However, it still occurs in some areas of the county. It is illegal in the following municipalities in New Mexico: Albuquerque, Aztec, Belen, Bernalillo, Bosque Farms, Clayton, Corrales, Deming, Española, Eunice, Fort Sumner, Gallup, Grants, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Lordsburg, Los Lunas, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, Raton, Rio Rancho, Ruidoso, Santa Fe, Silver City, Taos, Truth or Consequences, Tucumcari, and Williamsburg
When population data for all areas covered by bans is tallied, local bans represent 1,410,323 people or 78 percent of the state's population. It is time to make it 100 percent.
Governor Richardson needs to sign a law banning cockfighting in New Mexico. The chicken fighters claim that Richardson promised them that as long as he was governor, cockfighting would remain legal in the state. I don't know if that is true or not, but the governor has been evasive when questioned on the subject. It has been suggested that Richardson has aspirations for higher office. If this is true, he cannot let a pro-cockfighting stance hinder his plans. We have to let him know that over 80 percent of New Mexicans are against cockfighting. He needs to be on our side and not on the side of the pro-animal-cruelty crowd who like to abuse and misuse animals in the name of entertainment. Please contact the governor's office and ask him to commit to banning this barbarism.
Presently only Lousiana and New Mexico allow cockfighting in parts of their states. This isn't something we should be proud of.
Richard Fagerlund is an author and syndicated columnist who lives in Corrales.
Audubon group plans birding trip, slide show on woman’s Arctic trek
The Central New Mexico Audubon birding field trip to a site within fifty miles of the city will take place on October 4. Please meet at 7 a.m. at the UNM Physics Department parking lot just northeast of Lomas and Yale. This trip is led by Audubon experts and will last until 2 or 3 p.m. No pets, please. Call Art at 298-1724 for details.
On October 16 Central New Mexico Audubon will present “Alone Across the Arctic,” the story of the longest solo dogsled trek by a woman in recorded history. The slide show, narrated by author Pam Flowers, is inspirational, educational, fun, funny, and suitable for people of all ages, including children. The free program will be held at 7:15 p.m. at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church at Jefferson and Copper NE.