Lousiana Supreme Court allows local cockfighting ban

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2006:

NEW ORLEANS–Cockfighting is legal in Louisiana because no
state law says it isn’t. However, since no law expressly authorizes
it either, Caddo Parish has the right to ban it, the Louisiana
Supreme Court ruled on January 19.
“The decision overturned a district court order which kept
Sheriff Steve Prator from enforcing the parish animal cruelty
ordinance,” wrote Janet McConnaughey of Associated Press. “The
parish ban was passed in 1987, but Prator said it had never been
enforced until numerous complaints about cockfights at the Piney
Woods Game Club and the Ark-La-Tex Game Club Inc. prompted him to
look into the parish laws.”
The clubs sued, arguing that parrots and canaries are the
only birds covered by the state anti-cruelty law. Ark-La-Tex
secretary Drena Nix told McConnaughey that she expects to sue again,
since her club was given a business license when opened in 1997.

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