May 03, 2007


by Sheila McCant
Public Information Officer

With an overflow crowd looking on, the House Criminal Justice Committee this morning passed HB 108 which bans promoting or conducting cockfighting in Louisiana. The committee amended the bill to provide for an 18-month phase-out rather than an immediate ban. The bill now goes to the House floor for further consideration.

Violation of the proposed law carries a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

NOTE: The adopted amendment will be available on the Web site later today.

1 comment:

  1. Well as a cockfighter I am glad the phase out is moving instead of outright ban. I don't want to see the sport banned at all. The question is operating a cockpit the state police are cracking down on gambling. As per a phone conversation to SGT. Marcus Smith as long as no wagering between spectator and cockers this sport is incompliance with gambling laws. I asked about contest entry fees he informed me the entry fee that is put up by cockers as long as portions of monies are not split for gambling the entry fee in not illegal thei is PRIZE Money. And no law would be broken. We the cockfighters need this distinction to be in the law lettering.