RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Animal rights advocates stated breeders in North Carolina have shipped greater than 1,000 stay roosters to Guam, charging as a lot as $2,000 for every hen within the island’s cockfighting commerce.
The teams, Animal Wellness Motion and Animal Wellness Basis, on Thursday despatched letters to U.S. attorneys in North Carolina, urging an investigation into animal cruelty throughout the state, information shops reported.
“North Carolina has been the Japanese hotbed of cockfighting,” Wayne Pacelle, Animal Wellness Motion’s president, stated in a Zoom name with reporters. “We take no pleasure. We don’t relish the concept of individuals going to jail for these actions. We wish them to cease.”
His group checked out delivery data in Guam over a course of a number of years, and Pacelle stated they discovered 9,000 roosters had been mailed there from 12 states. Shipments from North Carolina ranked within the high 5, together with Oklahoma, California, Hawaii, and Alabama, it stated.
Cockfighting is a felony within the state and a federal ban on the apply took impact in Guam in 2019. Pacelle stated the island doesn’t have a big trade associated to roosters and alleges the shipments may solely be for combating.
Different states had been additionally talked about on Thursday’s name.
Drew Edmondson, a former Oklahoma legal professional common, stated cockfighting in Oklahoma is “worse.” He says cockfighting bans aren’t being enforced, so those that take part really feel it’s “an open invitation.”