Large Cockfighting Ring In California Shut Down

Authorities raided and shut down a large illegal cockfighting ring in San Diego, California.

After a six-month undercover operation, 50 people were arrested and more than 5,000 birds were seized.

“This is the largest cockfighting ring ever busted up in the United States because of the number of defendants and the number of birds seized,” said San Diego County District Attorney’s spokesman Paul Levikow.

The people that were arrested are charged on suspicion of cockfighting and possession of cockfighting implements. If they are convicted, they will serve one year in jail and fined $5,000.

There may be up to fifty other arrests in connection with the cockfighting ring.

Most of the birds seized from the operation were euthanized by legal injection because they were badly injured.

Source: Reuters

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5 Responses to “Large Cockfighting Ring In California Shut Down”

  1. pat says:

    Cockfighting is every bit as heinous as dogfighting and I’m pleased that these people will be prosecuted. Chickens, even hens, are fierce fighters and these birds really suffer. How anyone can see this as being entertainment is beyond me.

  2. Lynn says:

    Way to go, San Diego Law Enforcement!

    This is a huge problem in the US, particularly close to the Mexican border. Too appalling for words. Shut down all these rings and throw the SOB’s in the slammer for life. On second thought, that’s too good for them.

  3. MaineMom says:

    Lynn, this cockfighting operation was owned and run by Filipinos - just like those in Hawaii; it’s a totally unacceptable part of their culture.

  4. Lynn says:

    Thanks for bringing that to my attention, MaineMom.

    “Culture” affiliation doesn’t make any animal abuse acceptable at all in my book, I don’t care where in the world this goes on. [I am not implying that MaineMom thinks a cultural affiliation makes it ok. I’m betting she’s she as disgusted as all of us.] I haven’t read up on the Filipino connection, but I do know that there is a lot of cockfighting involving Mexicans in the San Diego area.

  5. Dee says:

    These people are just as sick as dog fighters. Animal abuse is animal abuse. We just don’t need these kind of people in our society.

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