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Cockfighting Bill Blocked By NRA Objections

Thursday, March 22, 2007

House leaders pulled a popular (303 cosponsors) bill that seeks to curb animal fights after the National Rifle Association (NRA) objected to how the bill was brought to the floor. The bill would make it a felony to knowingly sponsor or exhibit animals for the purpose of a fight if the animals were transported across state lines. NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox said the lack of review in the Agriculture Committee was "unorthodox" and could set a "dangerous precedent" relating to each committee`s jurisdiction. He said the group has not opposed the substance of the bill.

Read Original at: The Hill

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