Praise Animal Services For Shutting Down Cockfighting Ring

Target: ASPCA President Matthew E. Bershadker, Miami Mayor Tomás Pedro Regalado

Goal: Publicly thank and applaud Miami-Dade Animal Services for shutting down a large cockfighting ring.

Recently in Dade County, a cockfighting and marijuana manufacturing ring was discovered by Miami-Dade Animal Services. They tipped off the local police department, who in turn arrested owner Sandor Nieves. The authorities discovered several hundred game fowl along with a wired enclosure that was used as a ring that had a dead rooster hanging from the top. The organizer of the fight was found with baits for the animals such as plastic spurs and fighting muffs. Animal Services reported 240 birds that had been euthanized on the property, along with another 250-300 that were found at the time the warrant was served.

Also found at the scene of the cockfighting ring were several horses, dogs, cats, and even a turkey. These animals have since been taken to local rescue organizations to recover from the horrendous torture they suffered at the hands of Nieves. One of the officials with Animal Services was quoted as saying “[it] is troubling and very sad that these innocent animals have had to endure horrific abuse.”

Cockfighting is still a very serious problem in America, especially in the Southern states of the country. This heinous act is illegal in all 50 states and considered a serious felony in 40 of those states. Hundreds of thousands of birds die every year due to this barbaric act and it’s estimated that cockfighting rings still have a large presence in the Southern states and in Mexico, where many gamblers will travel to in order to place bets on cockfights.

What the Miami Police did in conjunction with the Miami-Dade Animal Services was nothing less than heroic and a step forward in the fight for protecting animals from horrific abuse. Demand that the Mayor of Miami applaud and congratulate these two forces for their brave work while condemning the practice of cockfighting.


Dear President Matthew and Mayor Tomás,

As you know, cockfighting is still a very serious problem here in America, with cockfighting rings being busted at least every few months. Cockfighting is a crime that is absolutely inexcusable as it does nothing but torture and abuse helpless animals, which is why every time someone shuts down a cockfighting ring, that person deserves to be applauded for their efforts.

Recently the Miami Police Department, in conjunction with Miami-Dade Animal Services, shut down a large cockfighting ring that was also responsible for distributing marijuana. The brave officers that served the warrant and initiated the arrest should be applauded for their willingness to step into danger like that in order to save the lives of helpless creatures, including chickens, roosters, horses, dogs, cats, and turkeys. The Miami-Dade Animal Services team should also be rewarded for their courageous work with the police force and for putting an end to yet another dangerous cockfighting ring.

As Mayor of Miami, you have the responsibility to let the citizens of your town know that cockfighting will be treated with zero tolerance and that anyone caught organizing, participating in, or assisting the operation of a cockfighting ring will be punished to the full extent of the law. While denouncing cockfighting using your public platform, you should also use that opportunity to applaud and congratulate the Miami-Dade Animal Services and the Miami PD for their work in the fight against animal abuse.


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