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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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Thank you, once again, for what you do to save and protect our beautiful animals. This is such a sickening "sport" and needs to be stopped at every opportunity.


Like Underground boxing?-- or hey, even betting on regulated boxing, right? Maybe even the completely unnecessary practice of eating any kind of meat, correct?


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


Did you know the chicken you eat doesn't have a choice in whether it gets shoved down your throat? Duh.


We eat for survival. They fight the birds for money, enjoyment and psychotic reasons. Sounds like you might be advocating for those who fight birds? Should we keep an eye on you?

Foghorn Leghorn

Birds eat meat too.


We don't need to eat meat to survive. eating meat is just a choice we have supermarkets full of other foods.

don't even thin...

What does this have to do with ANYTHING???

Karen Glaub

If you don't care about animals, why are you even on this website reading this? This activity is what you might see take place in third world countries ruled by people who don't care. Not the USA.

don't even thin...

What are you advocating or do you just like saying nonsense because you can?