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New York police 'seize 3,000 birds' in cockfighting raids
« on: February 10, 2014, 05:02:55 AM »
Via the BBC:

Police in New York seized about 3,000 birds during their biggest ever operation against against illegal cockfighting.

Investigators broke up a late-night cockfight in the basement of a shop as part of the crackdown, officials say.

Cockerels with metal spurs attached to their legs were found stuffed into sacks, according to police.

At least 70 people were taken into custody and nine were arrested on felony charges.

New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, said the investigation highlighted the prevalence of cockfighting and its links to other criminal activities.

"Cockfighting is a cruel, abusive and barbaric practice that tortures animals, endangers the health and safety of the public and is known to facilitate other crimes," he said.
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The raids, named Operation Angry Birds, targeted locations in Queens, Brooklyn and Ulster County, Mr Schneiderman said. The operation was the largest of its kind in New York state's history, he added.

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