The recent cockfighting bust in Greenville County, S.C., in which about 145 birds were seized and 85 people were cited, has triggered calls from animal advocates to toughen the state's law against the practice. Cockfighting is a misdemeanor offense in South Carolina, but a bill pending in the state's legislature seeks to elevate the offense to a felony, which carries at least $500 in fines for first violations.

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