Puerto Rico Tells High Court To Lift Cockfighting Ban

Law360 (July 13, 2021, 4:28 PM EDT) -- The government of Puerto Rico has thrown its weight behind cockfighting advocates challenging the constitutionality of Congress' 2018 decision outlawing the activity in U.S. territories, telling the U.S. Supreme Court that federal lawmakers exceeded their authority under the Constitution's commerce clause.

Puerto Rico urged the justices in an amicus brief Monday to take up the case, arguing the First Circuit, which affirmed the ban earlier this year, erroneously found that prohibitions on cockfighting on the island affect interstate commerce since the fights are commercial events. The commerce clause authorizes Congress to regulate commerce with foreign nations, across state lines and with...

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