Stronger Cockfighting Laws Sought

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The Humane Society says Mississippi ranks 50th in the nation in cockfighting laws, and proposed legislation to strengthen penalties for those engaged in the illegal activity is stalled in the state House.

The group says state Rep. Cecil Brown introduced a bill to make cockfighting a felony. In Mississippi, cockfighting is a misdemeanor. In most states, it is a felony.

John Goodwin, manager of animal fighting issues for the Humane Society, says Mississippi is giving cockfighters a slap on the wrist with a maximum fine of $100 and 100 days in prison.

Alabama is ranked 51st in the rankings, which also includes Washington, D.C.