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Amarillo Globe

Editorial: Cockfighting ban could have positive side effect

9/25/02

3:52 a.m. CT

A proposal to ban cockfighting in Oklahoma may ultimately be a good thing whether voters support the proposal or not.

According to The Associated Press, state officials are predicting a large turnout for the Nov. 5 general election, sparked in part by the controversial cockfighting ban, which has generated arguably as much public interest and media coverage as the governor's race and the U.S. Senate campaign.

Estimates exceed 1 million for the election. State officials are optimistic 50 percent or more of the state's 2.1 million voters will go to the polls.

For that reason, who can cry fowl? Make that foul.

The cockfighting ban, put on the ballot as a result of a public initiative, seems to have drawn the interest of the voting public, according to state officials.

Oklahoma's strong conservative base favors Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Largent and incumbent U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe in two of the more well-known races.

That leaves the cockfighting ban as the main draw, one of nine state questions on the ballot.

Voters would do themselves a service by supporting the ban, leaving only Louisiana and New Mexico as safe havens for the so-called "sport."

Whatever the outcome of the cockfighting proposal, we hope the issue does generate interest at the polls and brings out more voters willing to let their voices be heard