Animal Rights Activists Rally For Stronger Legislation
Animals rights activists rally at the statehouse for stronger legislation to crackdown on cockfighting.
Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, but the fine is pretty minimal.
A bill working its way through the legislature would increase the penalty for cockfighting from a maximum of fifty-dollars up to six-thousand dollars.
Animal rights groups are also pushing a bill that would help keep low-cost spay and neuter clinics open in Alabama.
Millie Harris, Animal Rights Supporter, says, "We believe that this one way, if we could put all of our efforts behind one particular thing it would be to get people to spay and neuter their pets. Our goal is to cut down on these animals that are entering these shelters that are being destroyed every single year, every single day."
The Humane Society reports four million animals in shelters are euthanized each year in the country.
The spay and neuter bill passed the House, it's expected to go to the Senate Wednesday.