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

IKEA to Introduce Vegan Swedish Meatballs

After being pressured by the animal-rights community, furniture superstore will roll out vegan meatballs this spring.
Read More »

Introducing the Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund

New non-profit's mission is to expose cruelty via mainstream media.
Read More »

Dairy Industry Launches Anti-Vegan-Milk Campaign

With plummeting sales, dairy milk industry says “enough is enough.”
Read More »

Chipotle Mexican Grill Promotes Vegan Option

Popular Mexican eatery encourages public to try its tofu option.
Read More »

Award-Winning Vegan Restaurant To Close Its Doors

San Francisco's famed Millennium Restaurant will shut down this April after losing lease.
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 »