The cockfighting industry in New York received a rude wakeup call over the weekend when authorities raided three locations where they arrested nine people on felony charges and freed 3,000 birds in what state officials called one of the largest such actions in history.
The raids began Saturday at a cockfighting event in Queens and ended on Sunday when officials went to a farm in upstate New York where fighting roosters were boarded, state Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman announced. The raids, dubbed “Operation Angry Birds,” were carried out by state and local police, with assistance from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“Cockfighting is a cruel, abusive and barbaric practice that tortures animals, endangers the health and safety of the public and is known to facilitate other crimes,” Schneiderman said in a prepared statement. “My office, along with our partners in law enforcement and animal…
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