The original bill would reduce the penalty for cockfighting from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Animal Advocates like former attorney general Drew Edmondson said, “I am concerned about the violence that would result, not just to the roosters themselves, but to children, to neighbors, to people that they don’t even know.”
HB 2530 passed the House with a vote of 59-19 on a title strike through. The bill would still need Senate approval.
Oklahoma voters overwhelming approved the state question making cockfighting illegal and a felony in 2002.