Thank France's Highest Court for Banning New Arenas for Cockfighting

  • by: Nia Jones
  • recipient: Constitutional Council

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.

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