NASHVILLE — A new legislative strategy in the eight-year fight to get tough on cock fighting in Tennessee is ruffling feathers.

A bill focusing squarely on spectators rather than the fighting itself took wing and flew through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday despite the opposition of two Southeast Tennessee lawmakers.

And it did the same in the House Civil Justice Committee.

The measure raises penalties for attending a cockfighting event from a minimum of $50 to $500.

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