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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Cock A Doodle Do

It may come as something of a surprise, but the smoking ban wasn’t universally popular. No indeed. There were those who decried the loss of liberty and claimed the British boozer was doomed without their custom. Many of the same claims were made when cockfighting was made illegal and its supporters, like the pro-smoking lobby, vowed to fight on forever more.

So I can perhaps offer the puffing lobby a glimmer of hope with the news that cockfighting may be making a comeback. Not here, but over in Hawaii, where it’s been illegal since King David Kalakaua banned it in 1884. However, its supporters scored a minor victory yesterday, when the House Cultural Affairs committee's passed two resolutions calling for legislative support for cockfighting as a cultural activity.

Yes, that’s right, a cultural activity. Pat Royos and her husband are keen exponents of this “sport” and raise roosters to fight to the death in matches with sharpened gaffs tied to their legs. "We are tired of being arrested. The thing is when we practice our culture, they come and arrest us," said Royos.

Rep. Joey Manahan, who introduced the resolutions, acknowledged they lacked the force of law and that they still had to go to the House Judiciary Committee. However, he remained hopeful over the outcome. "Personally, I don't think cockfighting is cruel. I am from the Philippines. It is our national sport," said Manahan.

So it seems my belief that cockfighting is an activity best enjoyed by inbred rednecks and the mentally infirm is incorrect. It’s a cultural activity and a national sport and it’s on its way back. This is very exciting and could just save the British pub. Forget crown green bowling: let’s convert smoking shelters into cockfighting pits. How long before it becomes an Olympic sport, closely followed by synchronised smoking?

Watch this space...

3 comments:

Brew Wales said...

There was a pub in the wilds of Monmouthshire which attracted some tourists from the US who wanted to see the cockpit. The landlord showed them the hollowed out bowl to the rear of the pub only for one American to ask "Where the rest of the aircraft was?". The locals had a lot of fun explaining the traditional rural pastimes that they got up to in the area. Apparently they were still holding fights up to the 1950s.

Cooking Lager said...

Invent a religion that involves cockfighting and smoking bifters whilst sitting in boozers and you are as they say laughing.

Paul Garrard said...

I suspect that on some little known satellite telly channel they are screening ‘smoking to the death’ duals. At least I hope they are.