Cock-fighting may be set to die out in France following a ruling by the country's highest court to uphold a ruling prohibiting new rings.
The ruling by the Constitutional Council was applauded by animal rights activists as a huge step towards the end of a sport they condemn as barbaric.
Cruelty to animals is banned under French law, but legislation was relaxed in 1964 to allow cock-fighting -- as well as bullfighting -- in regions where there was "an uninterrupted tradition" of the sport. At the time General de Gaulle said: "Since we eat cocks, they have to die."
Dear Constitutional Council,
We, the undersigned, wanted to express our gratitide for your support of banning new arenas for cockfighting.