Monday, June 13, 2005

Cockfighting

This piece of news made me grin:

Law enforcement agents raided an illegal cockfight and arrested 144 people attending what one official said may have been one of the nation's largest such gatherings.

Several SWAT teams, helicopters and dozens of state troopers participated in the raid Saturday on the sprawling Del Rio Cockfight Pit. They seized about $40,000 in cash and killed more than 300 roosters.

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John Goodwin, of the Humane Society of the United States, who took part in the raid, said it served notice on those conducting such illegal operations. "I wouldn't want to be a cockfighter in East Tennessee right now," he said.

It's great to know that the Humane Society is cracking down on cruelty to animals, and then kills all animals involved. I wonder if the chickens were killed humanely, with lethal injection, or did they just twist their necks?

And that Mr. Goodwin, he sure is mighty intimidating. Those be fightin' words!

CBS had more coverage:

Goodwin said the officers acted with restraint during the raid. "These people can be a violent crowd. They're outlaws," he said. "A lot of the cockfighters were quite defiant and hurling a lot of verbal abuse at the agents."

Someone in the crowd begs to differ:

The crowd included many older people and several small children, witnesses said, and at least two of the older attendees required medical treatment after the agents burst in and held them at gunpoint. "It was kind of rough on some old hillside people who are just trying to survive," said Wayne Donahue of Luttrell, who was issued a citation at the compound.

"It probably should be illegal, but as far as terrorizing children and old women and people who've had heart attacks and operations, that's going a little bit too far."

They were cracking down on it because of the illegal gambling. Perhaps they should push for legal cockfighting gambling in Tennessee, because I find it somewhat disturbing that over 100 state and federal law enforcement agents participated in a raid of something, which essentially the East Tennesseean version of Spanish bull fighting.

3 Comments:

Blogger GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN said...

Wait...they didn't say anything about chickens... :)

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3:07 AM  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

Is hen fighting okay? Hens can get pretty catty, you know. Vicious those girls are!

6:31 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Animal protection officers have to kill the roosters because they have been trained to be aggressive.. it's so sad that these animals are driven beyond rehabilitation just for entertainment :(

7:17 PM  

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