What is Cockfighting?

Cockfighting is a blood sport wherein roosters are forced to fight each other. Cockfighting is illegal throughout the United States by both state and federal laws.
 
Cockfighting roosters have sharp blades or gaffs attached to their legs. The birds are then placed in small enclosures, called pits, so spectators can bet on the outcome of the fights as the roosters slice and tear each other apart in small fight pits.
 
These fights may last for more than an hour. Losing birds are often left to die slowly in garbage barrels by their vindictive owner/abusers.

Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, yet these bloody, barbaric events are ongoing across our country. SHARK has already taken the initiative against cockfighting by using our drones to film suspect rooster farms. We are now announcing a new nationwide campaign, that will expose these illegal animal fights like never before, and we'll work hard to have those involved held accountable under the law.

Seven members of Alabama cockfighting family plead guilty to federal charges

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Exported gamecocks around the world

            MONTGOMERY, Alabama––Cockfighters and gamefowl breeders Brent Easterling,  William Easterling,  and five other members of their family on August 11,  2022 pleaded guilty to federal and state of Alabama charges filed in 2021 as “conspiracy to violate federal anti-animal fighting laws,  including operating fighting pits on their properties,  possessing thousands of fighting animals,  transporting those animals across the globe for fighting,  and trafficking in cockfighting implements,”  summarized Animal Wellness Action spokesperson Marty Irby in a media release urging that the Easterlings receive “prison time and six-figure fines” at their forthcoming sentencing hearings.

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Tim Sizemore Indicted

Longtime cockfighter Tim Sizemore is modeling the latest fashion in cockfighter apparel  - a federal prisoner's outfit

Two Kentucky Cockfighters Plead Guilty!

You can read the full story here: Two plead guilty in Laurel County cock fighting case

From the May 11, 2022 The Sentinel Echo newspaper:

Two of the nine people named in a federal indictment involving a cock fighting ring have pleaded guilty to their charges.

Rickie D. Johnson, 55, made a guilty plea on May 3 to conspire against the United States of America by operating a cock fighting ring known as Bald Rock Chicken Pit off Loretta Lane on property owned by Harold "Fuzzy" Hale, who was also named in the indictment.

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SHARK's Cockfighting Work Prompts Federal Bust!

There is momentous news in our Crush Cockfighting campaign. On Saturday, February 26, 2022, federal agents and Kentucky State Police descended on a cockfight near Whitesburg, Kentucky. There were lots of various law enforcement vehicles, a helicopter, 100+ law enforcement officers - a full-blown federal bust. 

You can read several news stories and the actual indictments below.

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