Full Statute Name:  Oklahoma. State Question 687/Initiative Petition 365 (Ban Cockfighting)

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Primary Citation:  State Question 687/Initiative Petition 365 (Ban Cockfighting) Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  September, 2014 Date Adopted:  2002
Summary: This petition makes it a felony to instigate or encourage cockfighting, possess or train birds for cockfighting, or maintain a facility for cockfighting in the state of Oklahoma. The ballot proposal also makes it a misdemeanor to knowingly be a spectator at a cockfight. It passed in 2002 with 56% of the vote.
Statute Text: 

OKLAHOMA STATE QUESTIONS

General Election

November 5, 2002

STATE QUESTION 687 INITIATIVE PETITION 365

This measure adds a new section to Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The measure makes cockfighting illegal. It defines "cockfight" or "cockfighting" as:

1. A fight between birds.

2. Whether or not fitted with spurs, knives, or gaffs.

3. Whether or not bets or wagers are made on the outcome of the fight.

The definition includes training fights.

The measure defines equipment used for training or handling a fighting bird.

Under the measure:

1. It is a felony to instigate or encourage cockfighting.

2. It is a felony to keep places, equipment or facilities for cockfighting.

3. It is a felony to aid or assist in cockfighting.

4. It is a felony to own, possess, keep or train birds for cockfighting.

Under the proposal it is a misdemeanor to knowingly be a spectator at a cockfight.

The measure provides for the forfeiture of birds and equipment use in cockfighting.

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED? For the proposal - YES

Against the proposal - NO

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