Suspected Cockfighter Convicted of Cruelty to Animals

April 2004

James Cochran, an Alabama man accused of allowing 31 chickens who were allegedly being raised for the rural area’s cockfighting industry to die of neglect, was convicted of cruelty to animals. Cochran was sentenced to a suspended jail term of 90 days, unsupervised probation for one year, and a fine of $250, plus court costs.


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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind