Animal rights activists rejoiced at the investigation, which they see as a warning to cockers who continue to defy laws that make the sport a felony in 37 states and a misdemeanor in the rest. Dozens of Web sites direct gamefowl enthusiasts to matches. The tagline at http:// is "No sport can be higher than the class of people that support it. Do your part to popularize cocking." The site offers gamefowl hatching eggs for as little as $ for a half dozen. Other sites offer links to the "truth" about animal rights activists and a virulent defense of the sport, including claims that the birds enjoy fighting and that the tradition is steeped in history.