The Humane Society of the United States rates Alabama’s cockfighting law as the weakest in the Nation. Two state lawmakers are setting out to change that in the legislative session that is now underway. The current law is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $25 to $50. Senator Hinton Mitchem and Rep. Cam Ward, in a bipartisan effort, introduced bills in the Senate and House respectively that would make cockfighting a felony punishable by one to 10 years in prison. Mindy Gilbert, the state director of the Humane Society of the United States, believes it’s time to make the consequences of cockfighting greater than the financial gains that come from breaking the law. I totally agree with Ms. Gilbert and hope the legislation will pass.
Source: Associated Press
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