Bill to increase penalties for cock fighting killed in TN Senate

Under the bill, a first offense for cock fighting would have remained a misdemeanor. But a second offense would be considered a felony punishable by six years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.

Photo by Jim Weber of the Commercial Appeal - A rooster has ironically taken up residence in the meadow across the street from Gus's Fried Chicken in Collierville, where he eyeballs customers as they arrive for lunch Monday afternoon.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Legislation that would make cock fighting a felony is dead this session after failing to pass the Senate.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro received a vote of 15-8 on Monday evening, short of the 17 votes needed to receive a majority.

Under the bill, a first offense for cock fighting would have remained a misdemeanor. But a second offense would be considered a felony punishable by six years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.

Opponents of the legislation say it didn't specifically say that raising such chickens would not be a crime and could cause problems for farmers and others in the poultry business.

Ketron said he's not sure if he'll try again next year.


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