Guam prohibition on cockfighting to be ruling

The use of birds for sports betting will be banned after decades of debate in the Isle.

Guam.- Cockfighting prohibition comes into effect on Friday, after decades of debate. The penalty for those who sponsor or exhibit birds in a cockfight will be a maximum prison term of five years. Attending a cockfight will be punishable as well, by a fine and up to one year in prison.

According to a recently-released Animal Wellness Foundation and Animal Wellness Action survey only 7 percent of Guamanians have been to a cockfight in the last year, and only 21 percent believe that they should continue.

As a result, there is a 60 percent of those surveyed who support the federal ban on cockfighting.

In order to give support to the federal law, the Animal Wellness Foundation and Animal Wellness Action have announced that they will be offering a standing US$2500 reward for any individual who provides information that results in a successful federal prosecution of those who violate the ban.

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