Cockfighting not recognized as cultural practice
FUENTE: MAUI WEKKLY
8 / ABRIL / 2010
The Associated Press – Hawai‘i lawmakers killed a resolution last week that would have recognized the cultural merits of illegal cockfighting. Tourism, Culture and International Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Joey Manahan said there weren’t enough votes in the full House to keep the measure alive after it had been approved on a 4-2 vote in his committee. Rep. Manahan said he is disappointed the measure did not advance, because cockfighting enthusiasts put so much effort and enthusiasm into getting official recognition from Hawai‘i’s elected officials. Rep. Manahan said he is considering reviving the issue next year.
Cockfighting is a misdemeanor under state law, punishable by a maximum fine of $2,000 and one year in prison. Police testified that cockfighting laws are difficult to enforce because of Hawai‘i’s strict privacy laws. Cockfighting is a felony in 39 states, and federal law bars moving cockfighting tools across state borders.