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Kansas lauded for cockfighting law

The Humane Society of the United States is applauding Kansas’ new law on cockfighting as one of the years’s best legislative achievements for animal rights.

The new law makes cockfighting a felony; previously it was a misdemeanor. Police said the lighter penalties weren’t enough to dissuade the leaders of underground cockfighting rings.

Authorities used the new law, passed last spring, when they raided an alleged cockfighting ring in Douglas County this fall. One man was arrested and 169 birds were seized.

The HSUS cited the new law in its list of the 12 best state legislative initiatives of the year.

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