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Update: 4,000 Birds Seized in Largest Cockfighting Bust in NY State

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 2:30pm
Ulster County Update

Earlier this week, we told you about our support of a massive cockfighting bust that spanned three counties in New York State. At the request of the New York State Attorney General's Office, the ASPCA is still on the ground at an Ulster County farm, assisting with the removal, transport and sheltering of as many as 4,000 fighting roosters.

While our responders establish a temporary shelter, where the birds will be cared for and housed pending court disposition, law enforcement officers have arrested three individuals associated with the farm, where birds allegedly destined for cockfights, were bred and trained. The owner of the property was apprehended in south Florida, and according to investigators and an article in the New York Times, has operated an extensive cockfighting pipeline for years.

Several other arrests were made on Saturday night when investigators busted a cockfight in Queens and raided a pet shop in Brooklyn. Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states. In New York, cockfighting and possession of a fighting bird at a cockfighting location are felonies, with each charge carrying a maximum penalty of four years in jail and a maximum fine of $25,000.

Stay tuned to ASPCA.org/blog for more news to come—and please consider making a gift to the ASPCA today. Together we can rescue more animals from lives of suffering and abuse.

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Ron

I hope the court allows the sell of the farm to help keep using the money to get all animal fighting with like rewards for tips. Any one that fights animals should lose all their property and the money goes to a special fund.

Kristin

The fines and penalties are never quite enough to stop these people from fighting cocks and dogs, as well. It is critical to enforce what laws are in place. Mahalo for all the good work you do!

Anonymous

Anyone that eats meat should lose all their property and the money goes to a special fund.

Wow

You're on the wrong website. Go back to PETA.

Carol

Good one

Lori

I agree with Ron. Just like in drug raids etc, those convicted of training animals (be it dogs, roos, etc) for fighting and those who engage in backyard breeding which is really hoarding should have their property confiscated and the proceeds from sale used to rehabilitate, feed, shelter, rehome etc said animals. We need to make it expensive for those involved. The penalties are way to soft. I would like to see a fine per animal.

don't even thin...

Nice point. Unfortunately these things are rarely regulated, just like factory farming is hardly regulated. Just look at the new legislation, leaving it up to workers to make sure animals are treated humanely as funds toward traditional "regulation" (USDA) have been cut. And whistle blowers are now punished because workers are supposed to report abuse and in proving abuse whistle blowers need to chronicle it over a period of time. It's all so sickening.

Lori

I agree with Ron. Just like in drug raids etc, those convicted of training animals (be it dogs, roos, etc) for fighting and those who engage in backyard breeding which is really hoarding should have their property confiscated and the proceeds from sale used to rehabilitate, feed, shelter, rehome etc said animals. We need to make it expensive for those involved. The penalties are way to soft. I would like to see a fine per animal.

susan rudnicki

What ASPCA and others doing the raids don't tell the public is, MOST of these poor birds will be "offed" because no one wants them. Roos, especially, with their ability to crow, are excluded from all but the most rural locations, and the sanctuaries taking them are overwhelmed by the backyard chicken keeping movement dumping the 50% of the population that is statistically male. I love roosters, and have 2 lovely ones, but humans seem to have a very short fuse for the bird's natural voice. They will tolerate a baying dog many times over the crowing of a rooster. Ironically, folks will travel to France to stay in the countryside and extoll the bucolic beauty of early morning rooster crows---guess the expensive price makes it more "atmospheric"

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