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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 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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Ronald Meltzer

I eat meat, but advocate humane farming. I think promoting vegetarianism is a goid thing. Equating meat eating to cockfighting is idiotic.


We'll said Anonymous in terms of eating. Humans choose to consume anything and everything on some sort of power trip. I myself have opened my eyes to the disgust humans cause and have made an EDUCATED decision to be vegan! Love LIFE!!!

rod s.

I agree with you we need to protect these animals not use them for a demented sport if humans want to beat the crap out of each other let em no loss


Top....duh ! You cannot make a rooster fight if he doesn't want to.It cannot be done and if you had any familiarity with the topic you chose to express your ignorance,and arrogance on you would know that !


Do you anyone with the surname lawlor/lawlor/lawyer who is engaged in family here in Ireland has a long tradition in the sport and some emigrated to USA probably in the NewYork area around the late 1800,s or early 1900. I would love to make contact.Jim was a family name yours in hope
Mary Carmody(neeLalor)


Dear Anonymous, Perhaps you MIGHT consider the fact that the birds, UNLIKE PEOPLE, do not have a choice in whether or not they want to fight. Duh


I'm not sure how you took what Jen wrote as a threat. She was condemning the usage of innocent animals to entertain us by killing one another. She was clearly referring to cockfighting, but you jumped straight to human sport and then... eating meat? Completely unrelated. Seems like you're pretty defensive about SOMETHING...


You're right, HOW could I correlate the deaths of millions of chicken for the consumption of the American public to the death of thousands of chicken (and thousands more actually living) due to this bloodsport.

People don't need to cockfight, people don't need to eat meat. Yet from you're biased cultural standpoint, one is a crime worthy of life imprisonment, and one is unrelated and perfectly fine.


I agree with your point.I hate these animal cruelties , cook fighting's , dog fighting's and the legal form of serial animal killings such as hunting and factory farming all are barbaric, un- necessary and the end results is the same for animals. Like you, I don't understand this emotional/ intellectual disconnect of loving your Dog" but killing "pigs" for one unhealthy meal. Hating cockfighting but being OK with factory farming it is just an emotional disconnect. . For animals, it makes no difference what "your" intention are, as long as you torment them and kill them is doesn't matter is for fights or for meat or fur. The end result for animals is the same = be tormented and killed. just Google factory farm cruelty and see by yourself. Having said that , I thank SPCA for what they do .
If you truly love animals , please go vegan. Until then, willing or not you also participate in animal cruelty with each meal. You pay to kill animals for you. Just because you don't see the killings and slaughterhouses are conveniently away from you doesn't make it ok and doesn't make the crime any less painful .


Anonymous. I agree that if we didn't eat meat, it would eliminate the cruel practice of raising animals for consumption. Still, a famous animal activist and environmentalist says that it is a sad fact of life that we humans live by the death of a our animal friends (end of paraphrase). The least we can do is treat them humanely while they are here. Maybe in the future, we can agree to lessen our consumption of animals or not eat them altogether. I myself, eat fish and very small amounts of chicken and turkey, so I'm guilty of that. I do love eggs, and if chickens are raised humanely, I don't have a problem with that. Giving up half and half in coffee would be hard for me and I realize that is shallow, still, I use it. I try to support small coops who treat there chickens and cows with respect.