60 hens and about 20 chicks have been rescued from their horrible fate.
These birds were found at one of the largest cockfighting operations sites ever discovered in Sacramento County, California. The hens and chicks are now enjoying a peaceful and safe life at Animal Place, a 60-acre sanctuary for abused and unwanted farm animals located in Vacaville, California.
Sacramento law enforcement raided the operation site in July, and workers from the Humane Society of the United States came to help with the animals. Officers found a large cockfighting and breeding operation.
There were between 300-600 cockfighting roosters found, and they were all taken away to safety by the Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation. The property was in horrible conditions and was filled with debris and plywood shacks.
â€œThe facility was in utter disrepair,â€ says Beach [Animal Place’s program coordinator]. â€œIt was hard to imagine anyone living or working there. Splintered wood, rusted metal and derelict buildings were the norm. Even more disheartening is that the only life these roosters knew was the brutality of the pit.”
Beach also questions why cockfighting isn’t talked about as much as dogfighting. With the nation focused on dogfighting, she wonders why there isn’t as much public outrage over cockfighting also. She says that the pain that the birds endure from fighting is the same as the pain that dogs go through from fighting. She states that the birds deserved a better life than the horrible agony and pain that was forced upon them.
Animal Place will return to the cockfighting site to save additional hens who were not caught during the first rescue effort.
In California, participating in a cockfighting only carries a misdemeanor charge for the first offense. Sacramento law enforcement said that the people responsible for this cockfighting operation would face felony cruelty to animal charges and misdemeanor cockfighting charges.