Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has announced that he signed SB 532 into law this weekend. This long overdue bill was introduced by Sen. J.P. Morrell, New Orleans (D), to close the loopholes in the state’s 2008 law which prohibits cockfighting, reports KATC.
Louisiana's revised ban on cockfighting will now mirror similar laws that prohibit dog fighting in the state, AP reports.
SB 532 expands the definition of "chicken" under current law to include “gamefowl, rooster, or other bird.”
In Sec. C, it adds this prohibition: “Possessing, manufacturing, buying, selling, or trading of paraphernalia such as spurs, gaffs, knives, leather training spur covers, and other items normally used in cockfighting together with evidence that the paraphernalia is being used or intended for use in the unlawful training of a chicken to fight with another chicken, along with the possession of any such chicken, shall be admissible as evidence of a violation of this Section.”
And it toughens the penalties for anyone convicted of cockfighting.
The changes made to existing law by Senate Bill 523 can be seen at here.
(Amends R.S. 14:102.23(A)(2), (B)(1), and (C); adds R.S. 14:102.23(D))
Louisiana was the last state to make rooster fights illegal.
The new law goes into effect on August 1, 2014.