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Read about LCA's Special Investigation Unit aiding authorities in closing down cockfighting facilities

The Fight

“Gamecocks” are specifically bred to fight. Their natural spurs are sawed off, and steel blades called “gaffs” are fitted to their legs. They are placed in a small, enclosed space from which they cannot escape. They are often not permitted to stop fighting until one (or both) of the animals die. The winning birds often have many injuries, including broken bones and gauged out eyes. Large cockfighting pits kill up to 1,000 birds in one weekend.

cock fighting 001Gaffs-steel blades attached to roosters legs during cockfight

The Drugs

Given to the birds to increase their aggression and make them more difficult to kill - extending the length and brutality of the fights
•Steroids
•Caffeine
•Strychnine
•Epinephrine
•Amphetamines
•Methamphetamines

Unnatural Aggression
While birds will often fight over food, territory, or mates, such fights usually serve only to establish a pecking order and rarely result in serious injury. In cockfights, however, roosters are bred and drugged to be more aggressive. Moreover, they are forced to fight until a winner is declared, no matter how injured and exhausted they may be.

Criminal Activity and the Threat to Public Safety
•Cockfighting spectators are typically involved in illegal gambling, betting money that a certain rooster will prevail.
•Weapons are common at cockfights because of the large amount of cash present.
•Cockfights are sometimes used as entertainment for gangs.
•Major drug networks have been tied to animal fighting in several states, and raids on animal fighting operation have resulted in the seizure of large-scale drug operations and revealed underground drug manufacturing labs.
•Cockfights encourage violence, insensitivity to suffering, and animal cruelty, especially among children.

The Law
•Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states and a felony offense in 35 states.
•Being a spectator at a cockfighting event is illegal in 41 states.
•The possession of birds for fighting purposes is prohibited in 37 states.

Contact (Meet, Call, Email, Fax) Your Elected Officials
Your elected officials’ contact information can be found at www.vote-smart.org They need to hear from you!!
•If cockfighting is still a misdemeanor in your state (AL, CA, HI, ID, KY, LA, MS, NM, NV, OH, SC, SD, TN, UT, WV), contact your elected officials and ask that it be made a felony.
•If your state has not made it illegal to be a spectator at a cockfight (AL, GA, HI, ID, KY, MS, MT, TX), contact to your elected officials and ask them to do so.
•If your state has not made the possession of birds for fighting illegal (AL, GA, HI, ID, KS, KY, MO, MS, NC, SC, SD, TX, UT), contact your elected officials and ask them to do so.

You Can Help
•If you suspect cockfighting is occurring in your neighborhood, contact the police immediately
•Volunteer with a farm animal rescue group.
•Educate your community about the cruelty inherent in cockfighting. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
•Teach respect for all life.

 

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