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Gamefowl association invokes treaty of 1848.

CofCC News Team

The New Mexico Gamefowl Breeders Association, which is 95% Hispanic, charges that the recent NM ban on cockfighting is a violation of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The tactic used by Hispanic plaintiffs to challenge the ban is extremely significant. The US has allowed massive numbers of Chicanos with territorial desires on the United States to come to this country both legally and illegally. The treaty of 1848 may become an increasingly popular rally cry radicals who wish to carve a Chicano nation out of the American southwest.

From the Santa Fe New Mexican

The lawsuit contends the ban prohibits people from participating in a culturally important sport.

The lawsuit also argues the ban violates rights preserved under the 1848 treaty with Mexico.

The lawsuit contends the treaty guarantees civil, political and religious rights, privileges and immunities to the people of New Mexico. Over the years, cockfighters have said the practice is a tradition that dates back generations.