Applaud Successful Execution of Widespread Cockfighting Bust

Target: Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

Goal: Commend Schneiderman’s crime task force for cockfighting bust

Dubbed “Angry Birds,” a recent cockfighting bust has become New York’s largest ever, seizing up to 3,000 birds, 70 arrests, and nine felony arrests by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Organized Crime Task Force. While illegal, cockfighting is still a problem that plagues the entire nation. Birds are bred and trained for the sole reason of entertainment and these birds fight to the death. For successful efforts to combat this problem, New York should be commended.

Police raided a cockfight in Queens, a pet shop in Brooklyn, and a farm in upstate Plattekill; the operation lasted two days. Involved in the operation were the New York State Police, Homeland Security, and Ulster County Sheriff. The cockfight had 70 people in attendance, all of whom were immediately arrested. Illegal bets were made, drugs and alcohol were openly used without a permit, and the event took place on a bimonthly basis.

Simultaneously, police raided the pet shop Pet NV, where 50 birds were rescued from the basement, imprisoned in metal cages and in poor condition. Police also found contraband inside the pet store, including performance enhancing drugs that were injected into the birds, spurs that were taped onto the bird’s legs to act as weapons, and candle wax. The owner, Jeremias Nieves, was arrested and charged with probation of animal fighting.

A 90-acre farm was also raided in Plattekill, where investigators and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recovered 3,000 birds that were bred, trained, and given performance enhancing drugs. The farm has been operating as a live poultry farm for years. Investigators learned that the roosters would be bred and trained for years at the farm before they would be shipped to the pet store or to the cockfighting ring in Queens.

Despite being illegal in all 50 states, cockfighting is still a prevalent problem. Unfortunately, many of these birds will be euthanized because they cannot live a normal life on a farm. The task force will ensure that those responsible for the cockfighting ring will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Sign this petition to commend their efforts for putting this barbaric practice to an end.


Dear Attorney General Eric Schneiderman,

First I want to congratulate you on your successful raid in Queens and Brooklyn, where 3,000 birds were rescued and 70 arrests were made in a cockfighting bust. I realize that this is New York’s largest operation and I am glad it went off without a hitch, especially with so many departments involved.

Secondly, I wish to commend you and your task force for your efforts. I am sure the operation was difficult to watch. Those birds shouldn’t have been in cages. Rather, they should be on a farm enjoying their lives. Instead they are trained to kill one another for entertainment. I realize that such an effort to bust a huge ring must have taken a great deal of time and energy. I wish to thank you for rescuing these birds from this hell, and I hope you prosecute the owners and spectators to the full extent of the law.


[Your Name Here]

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