California Watch: Cockfighting gaining popularity

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Cockfighting is on the rise in California, one of the few states where first-time offenders are not charged with a felony for participating in the blood sport, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Legislators say that making cockfighting a felony isn’t possible when the state already has a problem with overcrowded prisons.

Cockfighting statistics are difficult to compile, but animal rights advocates at theHumane Society have noted a significant increase in the number of cockfighting incidents reported by local law enforcement officials  . . . (more)