Puerto Ricans Dismayed - Cockfighting May Be Banned
"Puerto Ricans Angry Over Impending Ban On Cockfighting
Posted: 16 Dec 2018 07:05 PM PST
Thursday was a somber day at the Cockfighting Club of San Juan. The rows and rows of cubbies that usually house up to 80 roosters waiting to fight were mostly empty. On this day, only 26 birds were on display. Miguel Ortiz, a regular at the club since it opened in 1954, said a lot of people had stayed home, depressed. "It's because of the law that passed in the Congress," he said. If signed by President Trump, the U.S. Farm Bill will make cockfighting illegal in all U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico. The ban's inclusion in the bill, which passed in Congress Wednesday, had been long-sought by animal rights activists in the mainland U.S.. But in Puerto Rico, news of its passage dropped like a bombshell. The island's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, had scrambled to Washington D.C. to lobby against it. But by the time he landed Wednesday, the bill had already been approved. Under the law, the ban would take effect in a year. Cockfighting is a centuries-old tradition in Puerto Rico,"
See? Quit your complaining. You could live in Puerto Rico.