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Bill advances to make cockfighting a felony

Bill advances to make cockfighting a felony

by Lee Davidson
The Salt Lake Tribune

Published Mar 5, 2013 11:55AM MDT

After a few feathers were ruffled in debate, the Utah Senate voted Tuesday to make cockfighting a felony — despite arguments that it would be too harsh. Utah currently is the only Western state where cockfighting is just a misdemeanor.
Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake, sponsor of SB52, said the change is needed to prevent Utah from becoming a magnet for the fights and gambling on them. He displayed on the Senate floor pictures of birds killed in the fights, and held up the razor-sh...

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