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Associated Press - July 10, 2007 5:34 PM ET

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida-based Web site operator sued US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today for the right to broadcast live cockfighting from Puerto Rico on the Internet.

Advanced Consulting and Marketing Incorporated claims that a federal law criminalizing the creation and sale of depictions of animal cruelty "abridges" and "chills" free speech. The lawsuit claims the cockfights should be allowed to be shown because they were staged legally in Puerto Rico.

Cockfights feature two roosters fighting in a small ring, and bets are commonly placed on the winner. The lawsuit said cockfights, which have been around for centuries, "may or may not entail the death of 1 of the roosters."

Opponents of the fights say they are cruel.

The lawsuit also seeks to prevent Gonzales from prosecuting the Web site operator or its employees.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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