Authorities within the Antelope Valley seized 228 alleged cockfighting roosters whereas serving a search warrant within the Antelope Valley, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Division stated Thursday. Along with the roosters, 500 to 600 kilos of hashish — value an estimated $500,000 on the road — and a .22-caliber rifle have been seized. A male suspect was arrested and booked on the Palmdale sheriff’s station, although authorities didn’t say what he was charged with.
“Cockfighting and unlawful trafficking of medication run hand in hand,” learn a press release from Wayne Pacelle, president of the animal-rights group Animal Wellness Motion. “The northern, distant elements of Los Angeles County have lengthy been a hotspot for unlawful cockfighting operations, and right here we see this plain proof of this organized legal exercise once more. We’re grateful to regulation enforcement and different key gamers for shutting down this operation.”
California’s anti-cockfighting regulation gives for misdemeanor felony penalties. Additionally it is a federal crime to have interaction in a variety of cockfighting actions, together with possession of animals for preventing. Los Angeles County has an ordinance banning non-public possession of enormous numbers of roosters, as do Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.
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Final week, authorities in Cherokee County, Texas raided a cockfighting ring, citing 50 individuals and seizing 97 roosters. In March 2022, 32 individuals have been cited and 125 roosters euthanized after a raid on a cockfighting ring in Dorchester County, South Carolina.
In February 2002, Texas authorities seized greater than 100 chickens in an alleged Dallas-area cockfighting operation, turning them over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. And in April 2021, Dallas authorities seized practically 300 birds from a Grand Prairie, Texas, cockfighting operation.
Congress handed a regulation 20 years in the past that made possessing and delivery birds for cockfights unlawful. 5 years later, it grew to become a federal felony. Although cockfighting is illegitimate in all 50 US states, it’s culturally accepted and authorized in a lot of South America. Within the Philippines, it’s thought-about the nationwide sport, and “The World Slasher Cup” is a well-liked annual televised occasion.