Puerto Rico heading into showdown over US ban on cockfights

  • FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2003 file photo, man bets during a cockfight in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico will defy the U.S. government and approve a law to keep cockfighting alive in a bid to protect a 400-year-old tradition practiced across the island despite a federal ban that goes into effect this week, officials confirmed late Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Walter Astrada, File)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico will defy the U.S. government by adopting a law Wednesday to keep cockfighting alive, bidding to protect a 400-year-old tradition on the island despite a federal ban that goes into effect this week, officials told The Associated Press.

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