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Goldberg's against cockfighting


 TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- World Championship Wrestling star Bill Goldberg is seriously opposed to cockfighting in his home state.

The 285-pound former WCW champion voiced his concerns Saturday at a news conference about the sport, which is legal in only Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico.

"(Banning cockfighting) is a subject dear to my heart," the Tulsa native said.

Supporters of the sport, however, seized on what may seem like a contradiction in having someone in a profession often perceived as violent as an anti-cockfighting spokesman.

"This has got to be a joke," James Tally, vice president of the Oklahoma Gamefowl Breeders Association, said in a news release. "The people circulating a petition attempting to outlaw cockfighting and the entire gamefowl industry in Oklahoma have used as one of their big arguments that violence begets violence, and that cockfighting has been linked to all sorts of violent crime.

"Then they turn around and look to professional wrestling for a spokesman. Give me a break!"

Goldberg defended his viewpoint, saying, "I have a choice in what I do. Ours (professional wrestling) is purely for entertainment. These animals have no choice.

"They are forced to do something that is not their natural instinct."

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