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Animal Wellness Action applauds sheriff for cockfighting bust in Carter County

Legislation enforcement deserves reward for latest cockfighting arrests. Extra motion is required, nevertheless, to drive dwelling the message: Cockfighting will not be tolerated.

Step up in regulation enforcement should increase to different counties

We applaud regulation enforcement brokers for implementing the legal guidelines they’ve been sworn to uphold. Cockfighters are being rudely woke up to the truth that they don’t seem to be above the regulation.”

— Wayne Pacelle, Animal Wellness Action

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES, June 26, 2023/ — Animal Wellness Action applauded the Carter County Sheriff’s Workplace for busting a cockfighting derby in progress on Sunday in the south Oklahoma county.

In keeping with the Day by day Ardmoreite, “deputies broke up the unlawful cockfighting occasion Sunday, confiscating preventing roosters and tools whereas impounding 20 autos and trailers. The cockfight facility was found on Roundup Street off of Freeway 70 in the Fox/Graham space.”

The occasion was dubbed the “Asian Gaff Championship” and that description underscores that this preventing derby featured lengthy, sharped-pointed weapons affixed to the roosters’ legs.

“Cockfighting is barbaric and it’s a felony beneath state and federal regulation, and we applaud regulation enforcement brokers in Oklahoma, Marshall, and Carter counties for implementing the legal guidelines they’ve been sworn to uphold,” stated Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action. “Cockfighters are being rudely woke up to the truth that they don’t seem to be above the regulation.”

Animal Wellness Action and Exhibiting Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) have performed persevering with investigations in the state to indicate that staged fights are occurring with disturbing frequency in Oklahoma and main cockfighting traffickers are elevating hundreds of preventing animals destined for pits in the state, in Mexico, the Philippines, and different jurisdictions all through the nation and the world. Animal Wellness Action has dubbed Oklahoma “the cockfighting capital of the US.

“The one option to halt these crimes of cruelty and playing is to arrest the perpetrators and to cease their contempt for the rule of regulation,” added Pacelle.

The arrests in Marshall and Oklahoma counties come after a closely funded effort by cockfighters to unwind the state regulation making cockfighting a felony. Their effort failed, with the Senate selecting not even to present a listening to to a invoice, HB 2530, that will have allowed Oklahoma counties to choose out of the sturdy penalty provisions of the regulation authorised by voters 21 years in the past. The same invoice, SB 1006, by Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, additionally died weeks earlier in the Senate. A 3rd invoice, HB 1792, a broad rewrite of felonies on a variety of topics, together with a discount in fines for cockfighting, dogfighting, and different types of malicious cruelty, additionally died.

Throughout the debate in Oklahoma Metropolis, the District Attorneys Affiliation launched a survey displaying simply 1.7 regulation enforcement actions towards cockfighters a 12 months, throughout all 77 counties in the state.

“Enforcement of the anti-cockfighting regulation over the past 20 years has been embarrassingly poor, particularly given the presence of cockfighting in the state,” stated Steve Hindi, president of SHARK. “We have now given regulation enforcement a roadmap to the cockfighting yards and preventing pits of dozens of cockfighters in Oklahoma. Sheriffs in these counties ought to act on the stable info SHARK and Animal Wellness Action have supplied.”

Each organizations expressed issues that some regulation enforcement brokers in some counties have been corrupted by the cockfighters—a sample seen in Kentucky, Tennessee, and different states. In Bryan County, in 2021, there have been dozens of arrests made by sheriffs’ deputies, however the District Lawyer didn’t pursue circumstances and buried the incident.

Each the U.S. Home of Representatives and U.S. Senate have launched laws to strengthen federal regulation towards dogfighting and cockfighting. The Preventing Inhumane Playing and Excessive-Threat Trafficking (FIGHT) Act, H.R. 2742 and S. 1529, launched the laws due to their issues for the barbarism of animal preventing, different legal conduct comingled with it, and illness threats to poultry posed by transporting preventing roosters.

The FIGHT Act, amending Part 26 of the Animal Welfare Act, would improve the enforcement alternatives by banning simulcasting and playing of animal preventing ventures; halting the cargo of mature roosters (chickens solely) shipped by means of the U.S. mail (it’s already unlawful to ship canine by means of the mail); making a citizen go well with provision, after correct discover to federal authorities, to permit non-public proper of motion towards unlawful animal fighters; and enhancing forfeiture provisions to incorporate actual property for animal preventing crimes.


Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) whose mission is to assist animals by selling legal guidelines and rules at federal, state and native ranges that forbid cruelty to all animals. The group additionally works to implement current anti-cruelty and wildlife safety legal guidelines. Animal Wellness Action believes serving to animals helps us all. Twitter: @AWAction_News

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