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Ala. Attorney Gen. Troy King promotes state's new chicken fighting law

August 7, 2008

Phenix City, Ala. (WTVM)- News Leader Nine caught up with Alabama Attorney General Troy King Thursday night. In a one on one conversation, the state leader, spoke passionately about what the state is doing to put a leash on criminals who mistreat animals.

This comes after Wednesday's announcement from the Attorney General's office about a new $5,000 reward for people who report animal fighting and generate an arrest or conviction.

"There's good news and there's bad news. The good news is Alabama has one of the toughest dog fighting laws in the country. It's a model. The shameful news is, Alabama's cock fighting law was written in the mid 1890's and the maximum penalty is $50.00," says King.

The new incentive applies to dog and cock-fighting rings.

Under new laws, convicted offenders face felony charges, heavy fines and lengthy jail time.

"You can tell a lot about a person on how they treat their animals and their children and most of the time, those two things are related. So its important that we put in place tough laws that will protect the animals in our state," added King.

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