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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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Dasi Bhaktivedanta

Actually, God did NOT put animals on Earth for us to eat and makes that explicitly clear in Genesis and in other world scriptures and also the new testament as well.
Also... are you aware that the human form of life which God created, is an HERBIVORE life form. That's right; biologically, physiologically it is an herbivore form in EVERY aspect. Not carnivore, not omnivore, HERBIVORE. Don't take my word for it. It is unwise to accept blindly, but equally unwise to reject blindly. Please do the research yourself and make a conscious and informed choice. He is the seed giving Father of all living beings. He gives us ALL life, only we differ in form. Where there is consciousness there is a soul. The "ultimate sacrifice", nay, ANY sacrifice implies voluntary acceptance. These animals are given no choice, but we are.
I hope you have a wonderful day. Love, Dasi

Patricia

I agree with anonymous. Not the wording but definitely the point. Meat eaters kill animals.
You are OK with what you don't see. None of it is OK. If you really care, care for all the animals.

Alize

Carey, Gods perfect word was vegetarian, human choose to eat meat after the fall. God has given you stewardship and responsibility toward animals, please read animal Gospel by Rev. Andrew lenzey and watch some videos about factory farming . You will never think of animals as food the same again. thanks

don't even thin...

I would agree with you if it wasn't for the fact that you seem to be playing devil's advocate or just want to start an argument. Sure it's hypocritical to hate the sport of cockfighting and eat meat. However, so many people are against factory farming and have actually gone vegan. I think people are inherently evil. But having said that, society is changing and your argument is getting weak.

Lori

@anonymous - Humans have choice to engage or not to engage in boxing, MMA etc. Since animals are considered property they do not have a choice. This is not the thread to criticize those that choose to eat meat or where leather (notice i did not mention fur). I am all about animal advocacy and humane treatment of all living things even if they make the ultimate sacrifice and wind up as food on someones plate. One can be a hunter and still engage in conservation as long as the meat is harvested responsibly and nothing is wasted and said hunters treat their hounds ethically and responsibly. That is my opinion and mine only.

Aliza

I agree that factory framing torments and kills much more animals than any fights. In fact by the time it takes you reading what I wrote millions o chickens and birds and pigs and cows who lived a miserable lives would be hang upside down and their throat cut, some will even will be boiled alive. Just because this is culturally accepted doesn't make it right. Those who think eating meat is just a personal choice and a "right: are forgetting the choice and the "rights 'of the one they are eating. There is no difference between torturing for fights or for meat. It may intellectually and culturally make a difference for you, but it does not make any difference for the real "victims" , animals. Billions of animals are brutally transported and killed for one meal of yours. Animals don't have a choice but we do. Go vegan and don't participate in any animal cruelty if you really do care about animals.

Aliza

I agree that factory framing torments and kills much more animals than any fights. In fact by the time it takes you reading what I wrote millions of chickens and birds and pigs and cows who lived a miserable lives would be hang upside down and their throat cut, some will even will be boiled alive. Just because this is culturally accepted doesn't make it right. Those who think eating meat is just a personal choice and a "right: are forgetting the choice and the "rights 'of the one they are eating. There is no difference between torturing for fights or for meat. It may intellectually and culturally make a difference for you, but it does not make any difference for the real "victims" , animals. Billions of animals are brutally transported and killed for one meal of yours. Animals don't have a choice but we do. Go vegan and don't participate in any animal cruelty if you really do care about animals.

Aliza

human (unlike any other spices)also have a choice to eat meat and participate in billions of animal cruelty and killings, or don't.

HENRY

I understand about aspca's point,,arrest those caught fightingcocks with blade in the act of the so-called barbaric game..But those breeders in their farms feed those birds and the supplies they buy for the birds are with taxes,,and if the farm are housing and taking care of those birds properly,, why not??i see no mistake on that,,Now since they took all those birds from the farm,,where they think they can store all those 4000 birds??who are going to feed them?? where they expect to get the funding??aren't the aspca going beyond the boundary of the law??breeding cows,,, breeding pigs,,breeding cats,,breeding dogs,,YES???,turkey for thanksgiving,,YES??WHAT ABOUT BREEDING CHICKENS?????/ ASPCA should be spicific about breeding and the barbaric act of gaming,,,,in order not to jeopardize the life of 4000 more chickens they took from the breeders and not giving the court judge a headache where to put those birds and who will adopt??

Anna

oh please.. that is nothing compared to what animals are forced to do.. for MONEY !!! .. yes chickens are killed for meat.. but that's not pinning them against each other to stab and kill the other chicken ..while the audience is cheering them on for MONEY.. you probably condone this type of behavior!! .. you want to watch a boxing match between stupid humans.. that's your choice.. ANIMALS don't HAVE A CHOICE !!!

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