House passes bans on cockfight related activities May 12, 2011 at 7:55 PM CDT - Updated June 24 at 1:33 AM AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With some lawmakers actually crowing for emphasis, the Texas House has approved a measure to toughen punishments for activities related to cockfighting. The bill amends the state penal code to make it a felony to knowingly cause one rooster to fight another, earn money from fights or operate a facility for them. It also makes owning or training a cock for fighting a misdemeanor, and attending a fight as a spectator a lesser misdemeanor. Unlike some other states, it wasn't a crime in Texas to own or operate a cockfighting facility, own cockfighting equipment, train a cock, or attend fights. The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Wayne Christian, said just before Thursday's vote, "let my chickens go." Some representatives answered with their best "cock-a-doodle-dos."