Cockfighting Bust

A North Carolina city's police have seized four roosters and items related to cockfighting for the second time in two weeks.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Thursday that police raided a Winston-Salem house after a report of abandoned animals. Animal control officers found 22 roosters and hens.

Two of the chickens had injuries and officers found tools that could be used to cut the loose flesh on a rooster's head and chin. The procedure is typically used on roosters involved in cockfighting to make it harder for them to get hurt.

Officer Drake Parrish said authorities are searching for the people who had lived in the house. No arrests have been made.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    This is crazy. My grandmother use to cut their heads off, boiled them, and eat them. That is how we ate. People are getting more and more ridiculous.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    Also wanted to say that just because the birds have been Dubbed (their wattles cut off) does not mean 100% that they are used for fighting. Depending on what kind of roosters the raise, they may be dubbed for show or else they could be disqualified. Dubbing is also done to prevent cannabilism and frost bite injuries when kept outdoors.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Sep 3, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    I agree that regardless of the history or how tasty the animal is, it does not make it right or legal. Slavery lasted for a long time as well, everyone was doing it. It did not make that right either. Chickens will be chickens, and they will fight each other in the yard or where ever they are. The difference is you do not have several people standing around gambling money and putting gaffs and other tools on the chickens legs that aide in the fight.
  • by FACT DOG Location: nc on Sep 3, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    I have seen 2 roosters fighting over a hen in a chicken pen.If anyone thinks; you can brake them up; you are crazy.They will fight anything; even you.The animal kingdom they all fight to be dominant male or female.They have more sense than humans.SO PEOPLE LIGHTEN UP.
  • by JW Location: Kinston on Sep 3, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    George Washington held a cockfight on the white house lawn infact the first four presidents of the United States of America were cockfighters. This has been going on for ever and its not going nowhere. Anybody that knows anything about these animals know that they are born to do one thing and only one thing and that is to fight. They don't need no drugs no nothing it comes completely natural to them to fight to the death unlike dogs, dogs are trained to hate other dogs. I do believe its animal cruelty but so is deer hunting, fishing, etc etc.
  • by Dave Location: L.A. on Sep 3, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    Foghorn Leghorn, regardless of the history of it, or what happens to the chicken afterwards. That still does not make it either right or legal.
  • by Chicken Location: Greenville on Sep 3, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    Do you know what they do to male chicks at the egg/chicken plants across the US??? They toss them ALIVE into grinders! Yep, that's right. They claim there is no need for male chicks and they meat from male chickens isn't good...they just toss their innocent living bodies into large grinders to get rid of the 200 million male chicks each year. So if that is LEGAL, why isnt cockfighting legal? Hypocritical to me.
  • by Foghorn Leghorn Location: NC on Sep 3, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    These kind of events have been going on for thousands of years. I own chickens and have been to cockfights before. The roosters fight to the death and the losers get thrown on the grill and eaten. A much nobler death than say getting their head chopped off and then laughed at while they run around the yard, wouldn't you say. I can't say the same for dogfights, I don't eat dogs.
  • by kelly Location: wilson on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    any one who does this is just totally SICK!!! to sit around and watch any kind of animals fight and try to kill each other, you are really in need of some help.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Sep 3, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    I just don't know what is wrong with people. Dog fighting, cock fighing and misused of children. Drug users and drug pushers. It's crazy, we need to stand back and take a good look at our lives. Maybe then we'll strighten up. God help us all.
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