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 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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Gail Laub

Cruelty to animals should never be tolerated for any reason. It's ridiculous to claim that this "tradition" helps people escape poverty. What about the people who lose all their money? Gambling creates it's own problems but no one is forced to bet their money. They have a choice to participate that these poor animals do not. That kind of culture helps no one and perpetrates misery for man and animal alike.


What would make you assume that the gamblers are from Central/South America when this took place in NYS? I agree that the gamblers should be fined and jailed--for supporting a barbaric practice. Even if the head of the ring is latino (which he presumably is based on his name in the NYT article), it is awfully rich of you to say that the gamblers were also all latino AND that since they are latino they are not representative of the the enormously diverse United States.


Too bad it wasn't a crime to raise them! There is a place in Southern Michigan that is raising them openly - nothing the law can do. Then they take then south to sell for illegal fighting. I hope they get caught soon!
Good job on this one because no matter what kind of animal - it is horrific that some monsters in the human race find fun in such cruelty.


What is profit?


When they willfully keep allowing the illegal aliens into our country this is what you get along with other horrendous crimes. In the vast majority of cases like this, including dog fighting, are perpetrated by illegal hispanics especially mexicans. And please don't attempt to pull any of this PC stuff. This is fact.


I agree...they grew up watching these fights and see nothing wrong with it


well no different than blacks with pits the whites sending their dogs to attack pigs in a pen to train them to attack for training for hunting. humans are the most evil creature on earth and come in all colors money to be made that's all that matters.


*evil, of course, being a subjective human concept

Joe Y.

Tom, you are right on the money. Here in my area, Latino's, specifically Puerto Ricans and South Americans have been busted several times for cockfighting. The most outrageous statements by the abusers has been that it is legal in their country of origin. I guess some cultures and people will never catch up with civilized society and if you say anthing against them, then you are a racist. Call me what you want because I could care less...its better to face reality, rather than be politically correct and fail to face the problems caused by these people.


I don't think it's racist at all to say that SOME aspects of some cultures are brutal and inhumane. It's simply true. In the same way, the US and other countries may be more 'civilized' in treatment of animals, but still have a long way to go in the treatment of human beings (unnecessary war, extraordinary rendition, etc.). And police brutality continues to exist. So many things. Pointing out the examples of brutality shouldnt paint the culture as a whole (many in countries south of the border are horrified by institutionalized animal fighting). Pointing it out isn't racist.