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Breaking: ASPCA Assists in Removal of More than 550 Birds in Virginia Cockfighting Case

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 2:15pm
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At the request of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (Virginia ABC), the ASPCA is assisting with the forensic evidence collection, removal, transport and sheltering of more than 550 birds, many allegedly used for fighting, from three properties near Pound, Virginia.

The seizure was the result of a comprehensive investigation on the illegal manufacture, transportation and distribution of untaxed distilled spirits, illegal cockfighting, and cruelty to animals, according to the Virginia ABC, which set the investigation in motion.

“Cockfighting is a violent blood sport that results in a tragic outcome for these victimized birds,” said Tim Rickey, Vice President of the ASPCA’s  Field Investigations & Response Team. “We’re grateful to the local authorities for pursuing this case and sending a message that cockfighting will not be tolerated in our country.”

A search warrant was executed over the weekend to remove the birds from the three properties, and the ASPCA established a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where the birds will be cared for and housed by veterinarians and skilled animal handlers. More than 80 ASPCA responders are working to support state, local and federal law enforcement agencies with the operation.

Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states. In Virginia, cockfighting, possession of a fighting bird, attending a cockfight, and possession of cockfighting paraphernalia may be punishable as felonies, with each charge carrying a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.

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Jim

I couldn't have said it better, Elizabetta

Kim

But Elizabeth is killing the animals good because that is what the ASPCA does and they got paid from our tax payer dollars for each one of those Chickens that they put down and when it said 500 Birds that didn't just mean the roosters that was also hens and chicks and they were all put down...

Sheila

They were committing animal abuse. Those are the same kind of people who kick dogs and slap wives.

Nyma

Are you absolutely retarded? Or just really stupid? They were torturing the chickens. Don you really think that chickens want to fight to the death for fun!!!! If you kill you will be killed maybe not in this life but in your next or the one after that. Karma is not deceptive.... It is exacting! But you probably have no moral compass and think that your actions do not matter. And when you die, you probably think something ridiculous like you float right up to heaven or maybe you believe nothing. But you better believe in cause and effect (karma) because you are in for a really rude awakening, especially when you die. You must always consider motivation for everything and the motivation here was to torture other living creatures for selfish entertainment!!!! Try thinking not only about yourself... but try to value other life forms because whether you want to believe it or not ALL creatures can feel suffering and ALL living beings want to be happy and free from SUFFERING!!!!!!!!!!

Lindy

You can find a man's character by the depth of his mind, heart, and soul.....

Alex46

Obviously, you're an idiot if you believe that just because a human life was not in danger, that's it's okay to kill chickens while drinking liquor. Sounds like you didn't even get an education, and it says much about where you're from if these activities are allowed.

Alex46

Obviously, you're an idiot if you believe that just because a human life was not in danger, that's it's okay to kill chickens while drinking liquor. Sounds like you didn't even get an education, and it says much about where you're from if these activities are allowed.

Nena Miller

sounds like a great afternoon getting drunk and killing chickens, really?

No freedom

When animals has more rights than people then the people that makes the laws should be shot,fragged then hung for the other stupid people to see.absolutely not a single person is made to attend a rooster show,so there for there is no crime.

Elizabetta

I wanted to make a comment about how people who fight birds or animals for entertainment are cruel and vicious idiots who are likely to hurt people as well - but the NO FREEDOM commenter made that argument for me.

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