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Alabama's cockfighting law rated nation's weakest


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Humane Society of the United States
rates Alabama's cockfighting law as the nation's weakest.

Two legislators say they will try to change that in the
legislative session starting Tuesday.

The law currently is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $25
to $50. Democratic state Sen. Hinton Mitchem of Union Grove and
Republican state Rep. Cam Ward of Alabaster are offering a bill
that would make cockfighting a felony punishable by one to 10 years
in prison.

The state director of the Humane Society of the United States,
Mindy Gilbert, says it's time to make the consequences of
cockfighting greater than the gains that come from breaking the
law.


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