Ecuador: Cockfighting Sports Freedom vs President Rafael Correa

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Each of us need to be an activist of all individual liberties and not just an activist of the sports of cockfigting worldwide.

Even if you live in the Philippines or Mexico, you have to be public in your support for legalization of cockfighting in other countries:

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  • for the repeal of the ban on cockfighting

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– Gameness til the End

Ecuador cockfighting fans battle proposed ban

By Alexander Martinez 2011-02-17 13:24

QUITO, Thursday 17 February 2011 (AFP) – A brown rooster with a black tail was lovingly caressed by its owner before heading into battle. It warily eyed its opponent, a proud red-necked cock with black-and-white feathers.

The two birds fought and jousted to cheers from the crowd as bets furiously changed hands. But the day ended in defeat for the brown-feathered fowl, whose limp body, dripping with blood, was taken away by its disappointed owner.

Cockfights like these, which take place one weekend every month, are a time-honored tradition in Ecuador. At this one, the winners can pocket as much as $1,600.

But a referendum planned by President Rafael Correa threatens to sound the death knell for such fights, as if it is approved it will ban activities that result in animal deaths including cockfights and bullfights.

Guillermo Lomas, 61, comes from a long line of “galleros” who raise the roosters, and owns the “gallodrome” where the fights are held the first weekend of every month.

Lomas said the Ecuadoran president “doesn’t know, but we raise them (the roosters), we care for them, they are part of our family.”

Their animals get far better treatment than the chickens kept in “horrible” conditions before being slaughtered for human consumption, he maintained.

Correa has said he does not seek to ban cockfighting completely, but to avoid killing animals “for fun”.

But cockfighting aficionados scoff at the notion that the sport can continue without any deaths.

“It’s like playing football without a ball,” said Galo Vayas, a lawyer and head of the Ecuadoran association of cock breeders. “How can you trust (a president) who does not know what he is talking about.”

Vayas argued that if the proposal takes effect, it would mean the loss of 20,000 jobs and close the 2,5000 gallodromes in the South American nation.

He is also seeking a ruling on whether Correa’s proposal would be unconstitutional as it would go against the right to work and laws governing private property.

Vagas has added his voice, too, to demonstrations in support of bull-fighting.

Critics of cockfighting say a ban would end the cruel treatment of animals and the glorification of violence.

But the cock breeders say only about 10 percent of roosters die in the 12-minute long fights and that the sport ensures survival of the species.

“If you put two cocks together with some corn and a hen, they will not pay attention to the food or the female; they will fight each other,” said Lomas. “They were born to be leaders.”

“They have the instinct to fight,” agreed Rocio Cabezas, 52, a part-time breeder.

Another breeder, Francisco Rojas, predicted that if the ban takes effect the cockfights will go underground like in the United States, where he has seen fights with prizes up to $100,000.

“It’s never going to stop,” Rojas said. “They will have to bring out the police and the army, because as long as there are cocks there will be cockfights. It’s their nature.”

Ecuador’s Correa wins key referendum

Sun, 05/08/2011 – 02:41 EDT story from CNN.com  in here.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa claimed victory in a referendum on government and social reforms that critics have charged is a thinly disguised attempt to consolidate more power.

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