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While cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, a recent amendment to federal legislation created added penalties for those caught transporting items associated with the so-called sport, including the sharp blades sometimes attached to a bird’s feet, across state lines. The development drew the wrath of a group the Humane Society of the United States labels “cockfighting enthusiasts,” which responded by challenging the amendment creating those penalties as unconstitutional limitations on their ability to sell birds and freely travel, court records show.

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