Milan Simonich’s recent column excoriating Attorney General Gary King for helping enforce the state’s animal fighting laws is filled with hyperbole and conveniently ignores the truth (“Raids that brought King publicity may backfire,” Ringside Seat, June 30). I want to thank Mr. Simonich for helping make the case that Attorney General King is a leader who takes on tough fights for justice in our state, even when those who are endangering our state are well-funded and can afford to sustain retaliatory court battles for years on end. New Mexicans have been clear that animal cruelty is a serious crime.
Ever since the Legislature banned cockfighting in 2007, King, along with then-Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White, Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison and many others launched a focused law enforcement effort aimed at challenging entrenched animal fighting. They no doubt knew it would not be an easy road. For decades, animal fighting interests had successfully stalled legislation banning cockfighting, leading many to think the practice could never be stopped. I wish I had a dollar for every person who told me cockfighting could never be banned in New Mexico.
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