Ky. Senate hopeful Bevin spoke at cockfight rally

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin spoke at a rally in Kentucky meant to build support for legal cockfighting.

The tea party-backed challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the event was billed as a states' rights rally. Bevin told WHAS-AM in Louisville that he doesn't condone cockfighting but says he supports the rights of people to gather to discuss issues.

Bevin noted that some of this country's founders were cockfighting enthusiasts. The pastime pits roosters outfitted with spurs against each other in a fight to the death. Spectators place wagers on the outcome. The practice is a misdemeanor in Kentucky.

Craig Davis attended the rally at Corbin, Ky., last Saturday and says Bevin never brought up cockfighting during his speech.

Animal-rights activists are denouncing Bevin's attendance at the rally.

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