Cockfighting measure on November ballot

Friday, August 23rd 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Governor Keating says he's putting the cockfighting issue before Oklahoma voters in November.

Oklahoma is one of only three states that allow cockfighting. Opponents collected enough signatures to call for a vote of the people. It's a win for animal rights activists who believe cockfighting is cruel and embarrassing. Tulsa attorney Larry Oliver represents the Oklahoma Game Fowl Breeders Association. It wants to keep cockfighting legal. "Truth of the matter is, I don't believe many people knew it was here until the out of state animal activist people came here and made everyone aware of it."

Oliver predicts the November vote will pit rural Oklahomans against city residents.