Tougher Penalties for Cockfighting

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas would join the majority of states that make cockfighting a felony under a bill that passed the Senate on a 38-2 vote.

Cockfighting is currently a misdemeanor in Kansas. A bill upgrading the crime to a felony goes to the House.

By making cockfighting a felony, as it is in 38 states, anyone convicted of promoting or taking part in the blood sport could be fined up to $100,000. The maximum now is $2,500.

The legislation would also let the state seize equipment and other assets used in cockfights.

Republican Sen. Julia Lynn of Olathe says the tougher law would encourage cockfighting promoters to go elsewhere.

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