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sport of pitting gamecocks against one other. Though popular in ancient Greece, Persia, and Rome, cockfighting has been long opposed by clergy and humane groups. Massachusetts passed (1836) the first law in the United States forbidding cockfighting; England banned it in 1849. Cockfighting jousts take place in a small circular pit into which the gamecocks—specially bred and trained for fighting—are placed beak to beak by their handlers and then released. A combatant wins when its opponent is unable to fight, or is killed. Metal spurs, occasionally attached to the fowl's natural spurs, make action deadlier. The sport is still popular in Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and the Middle East, and—despite its illegality—parts of the United States. It is nearly always the focus of frenzied gambling, as anthropologist Clifford Geertz noted in his famous study on the Balinese cockfight (1973).
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The holding of cockfights on weekends is prohibited under Presidential 449 or the Cockfighting Law and an existing ordinance of the municipality, the court said.
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Plaza argued that even the law that bans illegal cockfights, Presidential Decree No 449, or the Cockfighting Law, recognises that cockfighting is a vehicle for the preservation and perpetuation of native Filipino heritage that enhances national identity.
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A dodecagon in three stories, it was originally designed for the presentation of cockfights.
I would imagine most cockfights are held in shed or garages and a very close-knit circle would be involved," she said.
Oregon should not aspire to be the supplier of gamecocks to the rest of the world, and it certainly should not make it easier for illegal cockfights to continue to flourish at home.
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