VegNews Daily

Cockfighting Crackdown: Largest in NY History

Thousands of chickens were rescued and numerous suspects were taken into custody after authorities brought down a major New York cockfighting ring.

Last weekend, federal and state authorities undertook “Operation Angry Birds”—the largest cockfighting ring bust in New York’s history. Starting on Saturday evening, police raided a cockfight in Queens, where attendees wagered thousands of dollars while razor-clad birds who were administered performance enhancing drugs, fought to the death. Several people who owned the birds and forced them into combat were charged with animal cruelty. The police also raided a pet shop in Brooklyn, where they found cockfighting equipment like spurs, tape, and dummy roosters, along with 30 birds whose bodies were altered for fighting conditions, having wattles removed from their heads and feathers plucked from their chests, reports The New York Daily News. Finally, a 90-acre farm in upstate New York was raided, and a rescue effort by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals discovered approximately 3,000 birds who were used for fighting.

Photo credit: NBC

 Comments

UK Study Reveals Soaring Non-Dairy Milk Sales

Plant-based milks are more popular than ever, and not just in the United States.
Read More »

Alicia Silverstone Hosts Son’s Birthday Party at Sanctuary

Guests play with animals and enjoy a vegan picnic at Los Angeles' Farm Sanctuary.
Read More »

McDonald’s Japan Launches Tofu McNuggets

The fast-food chain introduces tofu-based product following meat scandal.
Read More »

Esprit Launches Vegan Shoe Collection for Women

Fashion retailer partners with PETA to introduce a faux leather shoe line.
Read More »

Subway Testing Two Vegan Sandwiches at Select Locations

World's largest restaurant chain introduces vegan menu items at Los Angeles' stores.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »