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According to ABC 7 news, there were also dogs and several hundred farm animals in "various health states".

The search warrant was served on the more hectare property around 7 a.m. Several people were arrested at the property, according to the report.

The photos made available by LASDO showed numerous young roosters huddled in the same cages, dogs and other animals.

According to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, investigators will be on-site for a few days in the unspecified area north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway (118) to investigate and investigate document the animals found during the operation.

Though the Chatsworth investigation doesn't match the scale of the massive cockfighting attack in May 2017, though 7,000 birds were removed from one The August 3 bust in Val Verde, north of Los Angeles, is part of the ongoing brutal and illegal activity in California that involves one of the most serious forms of willful animal cruelty.

The Video of the Raid 2017 featured countless roosters individually tied to blue barrels waiting for their turn as their crows ring across the canyon, reports NPR.

"This latest bust – with the seizure of thousands of fighting animals – shows that cockfighting is still a robust illegal criminal enterprise in California," said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action (AWA). "Although the Southland has had two major Newcastle disease outbreaks due to the illegal movement of fighting birds, the illegal industry continues and we need enforcement measures like this one to quell this practice."

MORE CALIFORNIA COCKFIGHTS IN 2020

Broken second cockfighting ring in a week in Riverside County

On June 8, 2020, Riverside County Department of Animal Control authorities reported that 10 dead roosters were found at the site of an illegal cockfight in a palm date garden in Thermal, south of Coachella Valley High School, according to John Welsh, agency spokesman.

Riverside County Sheriff MPs reportedly arrived at the scene amid an active cockfight and participants fled. Many left their vehicles near the makeshift plywood ring.

In addition to the dead roosters, animal control officials discovered two birds with serious injuries – both of which had to be euthanized – and 33 live roosters, he said.

It was the second illegal cockfighting ring bust in Riverside County in a week. Another operation was discovered on May 31 in the western part of the county, with about 130 birds being confiscated. The two people who stayed at the scene were arrested, Welsh said.

APRIL 29, 2020 – COCKFIGHT BUST IN NORTHERN CA ON INVESTIGATION OF BREACH OF COVID-19 ORDERS

On April 29, 2020, Fox News reported: "Cockfighting ring "with gladiator fights in Coliseum style" blown up. Hundreds of birds in Northern California were reportedly confiscated from a reported party violating the state's Coronavirus stay at home order. "

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office said in a press release that MPs following a complaint discovered 50 to 60 people at the event on sprawling property in Pleasanton, east of Oakland, and recovered hundreds of birds and a cockfighting ring had. An Oakland Police Department helicopter had flown over the place and noticed a large group of vehicles and people parked on the property. When the officers arrived, 20 people fled and ran into a wooded area around the property.

COCKFIGHTING LAWS IN CALIFORNIA

Cockfighting is illegal in every state in the United States. It's a crime in 39 states, and it can be a crime or an offense in California. It is also a federal crime prosecuted under the United States Animal Welfare Act, 7 USA. Section 2156 (a). California has not significantly increased the penalties for participating in, sponsoring, selling equipment for, or participating in a cockfight. (CA cockfighting laws can be found in Section 597 of the Criminal Code.)

Cockfighting is a cruel and painful "entertainment and gambling" blood sport in which male gamecocks (roosters) specially bred for fighting have spurs or short knives on their legs. The two birds are then placed in an enclosed area (called a cockpit) to fight each other until one of the roosters is killed or refuses to fight. The winner usually has a few weeks to recover and is then fought again (his reward for winning). The loser, who is not yet dead because he has drowned in his own blood, can be thrown into a trash can or trash bag until his suffering ends graciously in death.

KENTUCKY – THE HUB OF THE GLOBAL COCKFIGHTING INDUSTRY?

On August 6, 2020, an in-depth investigation report from WKRC (Cincinnati) Local 12 that sparked calls for crackdown on the Kentucky cockfighting industry received worldwide attention.

WKRC's Duane Pohlman reported that a farmer near Indianapolis "gave us a tour of his farm raising dozens of majestic roosters tied to triangular scales," but denies they are raised to fight, although in 2019 he was charged with buying a rooster animal for that purpose.

As in many busts of cockfighting operations, law enforcement officers confiscated the roosters but did not take the chicks, which the report indicates, "those roosters are now nearly grown."

And while insisting that he not raise the birds to fight, he told the WKRC that "raising roosters is profitable".

All over Kentucky, massive farms are documented in the Animal Wellness Action Report, Wayne Parcelle, President of the AWA States. "This report documents an incredible collection of cockfighting complexes in Kentucky." Seven farms in Kentucky are reportedly sending gamecocks around the world to fight anywhere from California and Colorado to Mexico and the Philippines, he said.

"COCKFIGHTING, CRUELTY AND CONTAMINATION"

The Local 12 investigation, "Cockfighting: Cruelty and Contamination," which uncovered large cockfighting arenas in Morgantown and other parts of Kentucky, was recognized, and Pacelle thanked the WKRC at a recent press conference for helping his group focus on Kentucky.

Kentucky is one of the states with weak cockfighting laws and no penalty for participants.

Former Kentucky attorney general Chris Gorman almost said to the station, "I am shocked, disappointed, outraged and embarrassed. We need to strengthen our laws."

Louisville Senator Morgan McGarvey now pledges "a bill will be put in place to change this," according to the WKRC report.

COCKFIGHTING – A WORLDWIDE INDUSTRIAL AND HEALTH RISK

There is relatively no commercial poultry industry in Guam and no show bird competitions of any importance on the island. Guam, on the other hand, has built a robust cockfighting industry.

In a study completed in 2019 by Animal Wellness Action (AWA) and the Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF), based in Washington, DC, 71 gamecock breeders were identified and found that they were getting roosters at a rate of about 100 each Exporting Guam the other day. This has been done through the U.S. Postal Service in more than 500 illegal shipments. The top five exporters – 52 percent of the nearly 9,000 wild fowl – were in California, Oklahoma and Hawaii, North Carolina and Alabama.

The top 10 importers received about 60 percent of the birds, and it is likely that these "importers" are cockfighters or "cockfighting brokers" who, according to the AWA, have sold birds to others involved in the blood sport. This is possible due to gaps in the Animal Welfare Act.

On December 20, 2019, federal law signed by President Donald Trump went into effect, filling several loopholes in animal welfare law that banned animal fights in all parts of the United States, including the territories. It has been a crime since 2002 – and a criminal offense since 2007 – to move fighting animals between states or into territories.

"Our investigation has uncovered a criminal traffic network that appears to be undermining federal law, and we are bringing it to the attention of the authorities in Guam and the United States," announced Pacelle.

The group also ran a 30-second television commercial during the Super Bowl broadcast in Guam with two Guamanians describing cockfighting as "about gambling, not about our culture" and "ending the medieval practice of letting animals fight and die for our pleasure." . ”

(See also: Cockfight: 9,000 birds illegally shipped to Guam, animals …)

COVID-19 AND NEWCASTLE DISEASE HAZARDS

On February 15, 2020, JAVMA News announced, NEWCASTLE REEMERGES, SPREADS IN CALIFORNIA, as ""State officials blame broken quarantines, demand additional biosecurity. "

"The virulent Newcastle Disease outbreak recurred in Southern California as people broke quarantines by moving birds and farm implements," state authorities said.

After two months with no known infections, state veterinarian Annette Jones wrote on December 23, 2019: "We have now investigated 20 new cases, all related to the recent Bloomington area outbreak" and through December 31. The U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed that two of the new infections were in Riverside County and one in Los Angeles County.

Virulent Newcastle disease is a contagious, untreatable, and fatal viral infection of the respiratory tract of birds. “Last year the disease was transmitted from San Bernardino to counties LA and Riverside and beyond, resulting in widespread highly infected areas, infected poultry farms, the death of over 1.2 million birds, and a significant financial and emotional burden on poultry farmers and disease control authorities led, "

Said Dr. Jones. About 430,000 of the dead birds were in three commercial chicken flocks in Riverside County east of Los Angeles, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The rest were backyard birds in counties Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Ventura.

Dr. Annette Jones added that infections occurred in chickens raised in houses on the outskirts of Los Angeles, where former farms and stalls have become extensions of the city, and that "the outbreak spread across areas that vary according to wealth and culture vary".

Although the disease spreads from homes with flocks of chickens in the back yard, deaths are highest in commercial poultry facilities and state officials warn that "birds spread the disease before they get sick, so stopping the movement of poultry is the only way to prevent the outbreak." to stop".

The officials at the time warned poultry producers that they must comply with increased standards for biosafety at least until March 1, 2020.

The Newcastle virus survives long-distance travel, as shown by individual infection sites in Utah, Arizona and Northern California.

"Our biggest obstacle to getting rid of the disease is people who spread the virus by moving sick birds from infected areas to uninfected areas to rescue them," advised Dr. Jones.

CORONAVIRUS DEATH FROM MATINA COCKFIGHT DERBY

A report by Rappler.Com of Davao City, Philippines, dated April 6, 2020 confirmed that "Eleven of the 12 deaths occurred COVID-19 in region 11 were linked to a cockfight derby in Matina Gallera, Davao City, from March 6th to 13th (2020), according to the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Cleofe Tabada, regional epidemiology and surveillance medical officer, also confirmed that the sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the area was due to the cockfight. (READ: Cockfight lovers in Davao City are said to have quarantined themselves.)

One of the fighting enthusiasts had the virus before the derby and spread the infection while attending the event. In addition, a total of 427 Derby participants have been identified so far, 139 of whom were from Davao City and all are monitored. Among the city dwellers, 82 had COVID-19 symptoms while 65 were confirmed positive with COVID-19.

“In terms of secondary contact tracing, we've already identified more than a thousand.Tabada added.

Despite Mayor Sara Z. Duterte's stern warning to cancel or postpone activities that would involve large numbers of attendees, the event was enforced on March 7, 10 and 12, 2020, a later report said. The head of the Business Permit and Licensing Division (BPLD) should have stopped issuing permits for events like the Derby Rappler.com Reports.

The US attorney recalls US VI residents that the fight against smoking is prohibited

U.S. attorney Gretchen Shappert told residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands in a press release on Aug. 4 that animal fighting, including cockfighting, is illegal under the Agricultural Improvement Act, according to St. Thomas Source.

"Law enforcement officers in our communities recently received reports that cockfighting games were continuing despite federal law banning these activities going into effect on December 20, 2019," Shappert said.

"Cockfight promoters need to understand that participating in an animal fighting company is a crime that can be punished with up to five years in prison," she affirmed. (This would also warn against dog fights and other staged animal fights.)

AWARENESS IS THE FIRST STEP – BUT STRONG OPPOSITION ALSO HELPS

On July 26th, the mayor of Tianguistengo, Mexico declared cockfighting a "cultural asset" and stated that this cruel blood sport "gives identity to the Tianguistengo community". The statement was made at the unveiling of a plaque and statue in honor of the fighting cocks in the town square, approved by the community's fighter bird breeders' association, but was heavily opposed by community animal rights activists, according to the Mexico News Daily.

"An estimated 3,000 people are breeding gamecocks in Hidalgo and the industry provides employment to 100,000 people," legislator Rafael Garnica announced last October.

However, Erika Ortigoza Vázquez, director of the animal rights organization Fundación Invictus, condemned the statement which "increases the torture and sadistic death of these birds and encourages illegal activities such as illegal gambling, weapon-carrying and irresponsible alcohol consumption" … "she said in a letter, reports Mexico News Daily.

"Unfortunately, instead of making the public aware of the importance of staying home, avoiding large gatherings and taking extreme hygiene measures, Mayor Febronio Rodríguez is more concerned with justifying cockfights," she said.

SPEAK FOR EVERYONE

Laws and measures against cockfighting seem to be directly for animal welfare, but it is increasingly a necessary protection for residents around the world who also fall victim to measures that do not care about our health, safety or security due to the increasing transmission of deadly diseases Peace.

(Phyllis M. Daugherty is a former City of LA employee and contributor to CityWatch.) Edited for CityWatch by Linda Abrams.

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