An attempt to make cock-fighting a felony in Utah failed in the House Thursday morning amid concerns it would unnecessarily fill up prisons and possibly also keep people from being future gun owners.
The bill, SB52, was sponsored by Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, after he learned that all the states surrounding Utah make cock-fighting a felony. In Utah it's currently a misdemeanor offense. Davis said he carried the legislation to prevent Utah from becoming a magnet for game-fowl fighting.
Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville, said it was a way to tamp down other activities surrounding fowl fighting namely gambling.