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144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:12 pm

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/13/national/main701212.shtml

(AP) At least twelve dozen people were arrested Saturday as about a hundred federal agents and other law enforcement officers raided what they said may have been the largest cockfight in the country.

Several SWAT teams, helicopters and dozens of state troopers participated in the raid Saturday on the sprawling Del Rio Cockfight Pit in Cocke County, Tennessee. They seized about $40,000 in cash and killed more than 300 roosters.

"Reputedly, this was the largest cockfight in the United States," said District Attorney Al Schmutzer Jr. "It was becoming open and notorious, and you just can't stand back and let something operate like that in the community."

"By and large, these people who are fighting chickens are law-abiding citizens, but they're violating the law when they fight roosters in Tennessee," he told The Knoxville News Sentinel.

The 144 were each charged with being a spectator to cockfighting, a misdemeanor in Tennessee. If convicted, they face up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a $2,500 fine.



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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:42 pm

Man, if Fred was here, he would make all kinds of jokes right now.

Since it is me, I will just say that I actually used to have as a pet an escaped cockfighting rooster and what cockfighting does to those birds is so damn inhumane, it should be felony animal cruelty
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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:34 pm

Man I thought this thread was going to be about pissed off fans after the Mike Tyson fight. The troopers should have been up in DC at the MCI center and broken up that joke of a fight not in some backwoods TN town.

Well at least these people got to see some real action and didn't have to pay $700+ to see a 6 round fight.

Quoting TUNisia (Thread starter):
"By and large, these people who are fighting chickens are law-abiding citizens, but they're violating the law when they fight roosters in Tennessee," he told The Knoxville News Sentinel.

Do chickens fight? That seems to me to be about the same as watching turtle or slug races instead of going to the dog track.
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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:21 am

Quoting NUair (Reply 2):
Do chickens fight? That seems to me to be about the same as watching turtle or slug races instead of going to the dog track.

They certainly do. Probably more savagely than almost any mammal.
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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 1:12 am

Another point is that the defeated rooster normally retreats, which he can´t do in the enclosed cock pit. Also, in many cases, razorsharp knives get attached to the feet of the roosters to make the fight more bloody.

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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 6:30 am

Quoting NUair (Reply 2):

Do chickens fight? That seems to me to be about the same as watching turtle or slug races instead of going to the dog track.

Yes, and it gets very bloody, as they have either razor blades or spikes put on their legs (one of the purposes of the spur on the leg of a rooster is as a weapon). These weapons, especially the razors can do some very serious damage to an opposing gamecock. It's still a big thing within fringes of Appalachia, and the busts are getting more and more common. Here in Georgia, they recently busted one up in Blue Ridge, GA and one of the guys they arrested was the Mayor of Blue Ridge, who had a "private box" at this cockfighting club/arena. He had been charged in Kentucky in a raid back in April and was fined $194.
 
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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 6:37 am

In related news, KROC and AA61hvy have not been seen today.
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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 7:21 am

Cock fighting is also very popular (and legal) in the Philippines, though many Filipinos don´t like it. Several of my ex-brother in laws (from my first marriage) have been breeding fighting cocks. These cocks are very expensive ( a good, well trained one from a reputable breeder brings about $200.-, which is a lot of money on the Philippines).

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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:33 am

Whose cock were they fighing over? Was this a gay bar?
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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 9:23 am

Is this not hilarious? The State determines that cock fighting, a victimless "crime," is illegal, then the popos kill roosters.

Kind of like how it's legal in Texas for a licensed abortionist and the mother to kill an unborn baby, but if you're a boyfriend, and you help your girlfriend get a free abortion by punching her stomach, she gets off scot-free and you're in jail for the rest of your life. I guess some doctors really do have a license to kill in Texas.



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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 9:31 am

I understand that this is legal in Louisiana. So here in Texas, people raise them, then take them over there to fight. I see a guy a couple of blocks away, when I'm driving by, in his yard taunting his cock.

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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 9:39 am

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 10):
see a guy a couple of blocks away, when I'm driving by, in his yard taunting his cock.

A guy taunting his cock in public is LEGAL in Texas?!  eyepopping   blush   silly 

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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 9:42 am

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 9):
Is this not hilarious? The State determines that cock fighting, a victimless "crime," is illegal, then the popos kill roosters.

My reasoning for posting this article, LOL. I want to know why they had to be killed.
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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 10:16 am

Quoting TUNisia (Reply 12):
I want to know why they had to be killed.

It would be too expensive and timely. Each cock has to be seperated, so finding a place for 300 individual cocks is hard work. And I doubt there are many people that want to adopt rowdy cocks. I'm sure, though, that somebody had a good meal.

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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 10:26 am

In the Philippines, the looser of a fight usualy ends up in somebody´s frying pan...

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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 11:38 am

"And I doubt there are many people that want to adopt rowdy cocks."-Well isnt that the story of any college bar on a Friday night....
 
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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 11:40 am

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 13):
It would be too expensive and timely. Each cock has to be seperated, so finding a place for 300 individual cocks is hard work. And I doubt there are many people that want to adopt rowdy cocks. I'm sure, though, that somebody had a good meal.

You really just wanted to say the word cock a lot?

With any fighting animal, whether it be a gamecock or a dog, most animal control agencies choose to put them down because they are so aggressive and cannot be safely adopted out. The animals have been breed to be aggressive and to fight. Not suitable, unfortunately, for life on the outside.

Cockfighting, like dogfighting, is often associated with organized crime (usually gangs). With that element involvement there is often drugs and other lovely crimes involved. Which is why police and animal control agencies tend to work well together when it comes to these bloodsports.
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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 7:50 pm

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 16):
You really just wanted to say the word cock a lot?

Well that is what we're talking about isn't it.

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RE: 144 Arrested At Huge Cockfight

Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:16 pm

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 16):
Cockfighting, like dogfighting, is often associated with organized crime (usually gangs). With that element involvement there is often drugs and other lovely crimes involved. Which is why police and animal control agencies tend to work well together when it comes to these bloodsports.

Don´t forget the huge sums that change hands through the betting involved. In the Philippines cockfighting mostly attracts lower class people with little education, who hope to get rich by putting bets on the right rooster. This obviously attracts organised crime as well, probably even more in countries, where it is illegal, like the US.

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