In Visalia, California, the Humane Society uncovered a cockfighting ring that looks straight out of an episode of COPS. Illegal in all 50 states, cockfighting involves a fight to the death between two roosters, while human onlookers place bets and cheer. This particular bust saw the largest collection of gaffs (sharp knives tied to roosters’ legs) ever found on one property.
If it sounds dangerous, it is. Apart from the obvious cruelty to animals, the Humane Society says that cockfighting, “often goes hand in hand with gambling, drug dealing, illegal gun sales, and murder.” It’s a risky activity, and not just for the roosters forced into it.
Luckily, these hundreds of roosters have a chance at a better life, thanks to the work of the Humane Society and local law enforcement. Even more roosters may be rescued too since the well-connected ringleader who was busted left a paper trail.
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