Justice for 200 Birds Found in Cockfighting Raid

Target: Alan Blankenship, Associate Circuit Judge, Stone County Circuit Court, Missouri

Goal: Ensure that the criminal leading a cockfighting ring serves the maximum sentence and pays maximum fines.

More than 200 birds were rescued from a property associated with cockfighting in Missouri recently. Investigators found birds in ramshackle wire cages, with no access to food or water. Several birds were found with injuries that were in line with cockfighting; cockfighting paraphernalia such as gaffs, spurs, and drugs (to maximize injury and enhance performance, respectively) were also found on the property. The cockfighting operation was discovered during an investigation that initially involved a search warrant for narcotics. The ASPCA was contacted, and both authorities carried out the warrant.

Cockfighting causes extreme injuries to the animals. Common injuries include broken bones, punctured lungs, and pierced eyes. The gaffs and spurs found cause these injuries, and the steroids cause enhanced aggression in the birds. There is a maximum fine of $10,000 and separate sentences of up to four years in prison for possession of paraphernalia and possession of birds.

There is no excuse for condoning such a distasteful activity. Demand the criminal who forced these animals to fight and suffer terrible conditions receive the maximum penalty for each offense.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Judge Blankenship,

According to several sources including the ASPCA, more than 200 birds were rescued recently from a property associated with cockfighting in Stone County, Missouri. Police were initially at the site with a search warrant for narcotics, but soon discovered paraphernalia for cockfighting. Authorities found  steroids to enhance aggression in the birds and fighting paraphernalia such as knives and daggers that would be attached to the birds at the property. In addition, birds were found in makeshift wire cages with no access to food or water. As you know, possession of birds and paraphernalia for fighting, and conducting a cockfight, have a maximum sentence of up to four years in prison each. An offender can also be fined up to $10,000.

I ask that you fine whoever led this cockfighting ring the maximum fine and sentence them to the appropriate number of years in prison. This illegal act condemns birds to inhumane conditions and makes them suffer from terrible injuries such as punctured lungs, pierced eyes, and broken bones. Whether it be dog or rooster, no animal should be forced to fight another for human entertainment. I hope that you think of the two hundred birds found at this residence; many of them have already been forced to endure atrocious conditions and serious injuries.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: JohnstonDJ

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5 Comments

  1. This is a sick world? The problem is … How do we change it?

  2. Karen Mckay says:

    Seize all thier assets and I mean ALL!! Then jail them. If they think thier family willbe on the street, it may just make them think twice about partaking in such heinous acts. Karma do your thinkg!!

  3. Wow, haven’t you heard of a TV or cellphone? Something that regular people do and NOT support this form of animal abuse. All animals are intelligent and caring in their own way and deserve to live a life free pain and suffering!

  4. Barton Dixon says:

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

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