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Game Over, Cockfighters

Written by PETA | December 31, 2008
This rooster from the property was wearing an ankle tag when he was found.

A collaborative effort involving multiple law-enforcement agencies has resulted in the takedown of what may just be the largest cockfighting ring in U.S. history!

According to information we received from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA-led effort was intended to lead to the confiscation of drugs, not chickens. Officials had been working to gather information on the Gulf Cartel, a Mexican drug trafficking organization. They were following the actions of the alleged smugglers when they stumbled upon the cartel’s other dirty business: a massive cockfighting ring.

These were the houses in which the roosters were forced to live.

Kill or be killed may be the chosen mantra for drug lords, but for roosters who are imprisoned and forced to fight to the death, it’s not a choice. Rather, it is a cruel existence that is nearly always marked by constant injuries and a painful death.

Thanks to the powers that be, though, the suspected cockfighters were caught red-handed (white-powder–handed?). Eleven individuals were arrested near Nashville, Tennessee, for their involvement, and 30 more arrests took place in Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. And, best of all, those birds are out of the ring for good.

Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • ? says:

    since when did drug cartels cockfight? I’ve heard drug cartels shoot and kill Mexican hunters? I doubt this is the drug cartels. Trust me drug cartels don’t cockfight.

  • Randolph Myrick says:

    I cant beleive after all the trouble to stop the raising of 300400 cockfighters in my backyard that its still going on.We’ve tried everything from animal controlpolice dept.healthdept.etc. We even put together a petition from the locals and had the roosters on the 600 newsto no avail!HOW DO WE STOP THIS?!

  • Allison says:

    Its just horrile isnt it

  • NT says:

    Thank God those birds are free from that hellish life! And I hope those criminals find their karma in jail…

  • Amber Falobas says:

    Good! I hope they get a good COCK FIGHT in jail. haha get it? cock fight. But seriously I really hope they get what they deserve because those poor birds didn’t deserve that!

  • Aneliese says:

    I’m still staring at the picture of the roosters “houses”. Unbelievable.

  • Canaduck says:

    That picture of the roosters’ “houses” breaks my heart.

  • Harlie says:

    goood! me and my dads girlfriend actually found a rooster left walking around the streets of the bronx suspecting he was in cockfights we spent the half the day helping him! cockfighting and dog fighting is sooooo cruel!

  • kelly says:

    Remember that there are legislators including some in Tennessee that SUPPORTED this drug cartel’s bird fighting and who routinely oppose anticruelty laws on behalf of people like this. These are American legislators trying to help Mexican drug cartel gambling birdfighting businesses. Dog fighting too! We need to run these proanimal cruelty legislators out of office.

  • Liz says:

    I hope they are prosecuted to the fullest extent possible!

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