Columnist’s brainstorm: legalize cockfighting

A community columnist for the Modesto Bee recommends legalizing cockfighting.

“The loss of a few select chickens certainly cannot be a reason to continue the prohibition of cockfighting,” writes Dave Bultena. “Any poultry operation, whether done for eggs or meat, loses chickens regularly for a variety of reasons during the course of routine operations.”

One can just see the Modesto Bee editors climbing down into the bomb shelter in anticipation of reader response. The animal rights people are probably foaming at the mouth. 

Yet it is a perfecly legitimate topic to discuss. As is anything. It is also a reminder that cultural norms differ from group to group in our diverse Valley. Probably most people find the idea of cockfighting cruel and backward. But many of those same civilized people have for years rabidly supported a game that causes permanent brain damage to humans.

Anyway, Mr. Bultena will find out what it means to be a columnist today. Hope his telephone headset has fire-retardant earpads.


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