Abuse feeds cockfighting subculture

In the summer of 2008, investigators acting on an anonymous tip raided a Brooklyn apartment and found 58 birds they say were being bred for cockfighting. As News 12 The Bronx continues to delve into

News 12 Staff

Jun 5, 2009, 12:16 AM

Updated 5,428 days ago

Share:

Abuse feeds cockfighting subculture
In the summer of 2008, investigators acting on an anonymous tip raided a Brooklyn apartment and found 58 birds they say were being bred for cockfighting.
As News 12 The Bronx continues to delve into cockfighting in the city, stories of breeding dens are becoming more commonplace within the illegal subculture.
Authorities also say as part of the cockfighting ethos, the birds are surgically altered and mutilated. One common alteration is attaching sharp razors to the rooster's legs so maximum punishment is inflicted during a fight.
NYPD officials say cockfighting is illegal in the Bronx not only because it is considered animal cruelty, but because they say cockfighting is often associated with other crimes such as drug dealing and violent crime.
Keeping roosters is illegal in New York City, and police say residents who see one should contact authorities.
On Friday, News 12 The Bronx will hear what is being done by lawmakers to prevent cockfighting in the borough.


More from News 12
1:51
Last minute tips to file your tax returns as deadline looms

Last minute tips to file your tax returns as deadline looms

1:52
Warm and sunny start to the week in Connecticut; showers return Wednesday

Warm and sunny start to the week in Connecticut; showers return Wednesday

0:58
Jackie Robinson Day: Former Dodger Bobby Valentine reflects on athlete and activist

Jackie Robinson Day: Former Dodger Bobby Valentine reflects on athlete and activist

0:22
Fairfield PD: Man faces attempted murder charge, stabbed partner during domestic dispute

Fairfield PD: Man faces attempted murder charge, stabbed partner during domestic dispute

0:22
Connecticut police departments increase patrols around religious sites following aerial attack on Israel

Connecticut police departments increase patrols around religious sites following aerial attack on Israel

0:30
John Solomon, former Easton police chief and veteran, dies at 82

John Solomon, former Easton police chief and veteran, dies at 82

0:31
New data shows 7% of Fairfield County residents under 65 don't have health insurance

New data shows 7% of Fairfield County residents under 65 don't have health insurance

1:47
Food labels can sometimes be misleading. Kane In Your Corner explains what to look out for.

Food labels can sometimes be misleading. Kane In Your Corner explains what to look out for.

4:39
Guide: Ways to help you identify and deal with work burnout

Guide: Ways to help you identify and deal with work burnout

1:31
Danbury Fair Mall welcomes Target, Round1, J. Crew and Inspiration Co.

Danbury Fair Mall welcomes Target, Round1, J. Crew and Inspiration Co.

0:58
Trumbull doctor pushes specialized care for night shift workers

Trumbull doctor pushes specialized care for night shift workers

2:02
East End: Antique Brass Cash Register in Cutchogue

East End: Antique Brass Cash Register in Cutchogue

2:52
Luxury Living on the East End: Ram Island

Luxury Living on the East End: Ram Island

1:03
Bridgeport youth baseball program celebrates grand opening of its new East End facility

Bridgeport youth baseball program celebrates grand opening of its new East End facility

0:28
Israel is quiet on next steps against Iran — and on which partners helped shoot down missiles

Israel is quiet on next steps against Iran — and on which partners helped shoot down missiles

0:25
 State police: Pedestrian from Torrington fatally struck by car on I-84 in Hartford

State police: Pedestrian from Torrington fatally struck by car on I-84 in Hartford

0:25
Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

0:25
State police: Crash on I-84 in Waterbury injures Oakville woman and state trooper

State police: Crash on I-84 in Waterbury injures Oakville woman and state trooper

2:04
CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

0:39
 State police: Bridgewater man accused of sending explicit snapchats to 13-year-old girl

State police: Bridgewater man accused of sending explicit snapchats to 13-year-old girl