“These oppressive laws against cockfighting culture and industry are both ill motivated and unconstitutional.
Cockfighting, like Horse Racing, is both animal farming and animal sports.
A cockfighter, like Horse Stable Owner, is both animal farmer and animal sportsman.
Most cockfighters have a profession outside of cockfighting culture and industry.
Cockfighters can be Doctors, Nurses, Engineers, Architects, Scientists, Technologists, Construction Workers, Truck Drivers, Business Owners, Office Workers, Politicians, Lawyers among others.
Cockfighters can be Billionaires, Millionaires, Middle Income, and Low Income.
While the animal rights are only after the donations as they have no legitimate livelihood. These people work at non-profit to terrorize animal owners and honest men like us – cockfighters.
Who will take care of the farm animals but the farmers. Animal rights groups only euthanize animals and do not care about the animals but only care about the donations.
The public must know that Gamecocks are private property of the cockfighters and that Cockfighting is an individual liberty.”
– Gameness til the End
Let us read our rights as provided by…
The United States Constitution
The Preamble of the United States Constitution.
- “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
- “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
The Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
The Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
- “Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
- “Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
The Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
- “Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
- “Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.”
- “Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
- “Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
- “Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”
Do not forget….
Freedom is always won in the end.
The Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
- “Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all the territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.”
- “Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
- “Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.”
The Twenty-First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
- “Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.”
- “Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.”
- “Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.”
As many as 3,000 roosters were rescued, nine arrested and 70 people rounded up in a ring that stretched through Brooklyn and Queens into Ulster County. ‘Cockfighting is a cruel, abusive and barbaric practice that tortures animals, endangers the health and safety of the public and is known to facilitate other crimes,’ says Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
BY DANIEL BEEKMAN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014, 7:05 PM
State investigators carried out simultaneous raids Saturday night into Sunday morning, halting a cockfighting event in Queens, and taking down secret rooster holding pen in Brooklyn and a breeding farm in upstate Ulster County.
The chickens came home to roost Sunday for members of a bloodthirsty New York cockfighting and betting ring.
As many as 3,000 birds were seized and more than 70 people rounded up in “Operation Angry Birds,” the largest cockfighting takedown and rooster rescue in state history, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
State investigators carried out three simultaneous raids that stretching from Saturday night into Sunday morning, busting up a cockfighting event in Queens, a secret rooster coop in Brooklyn and breeding farm in upstate Ulster County.
Nine people were arrested.
“Cockfighting is a cruel, abusive and barbaric practice that tortures animals, endangers the health and safety of the public and is known to facilitate other crimes,” Schneiderman said.
“My office, along with our partners in law enforcement and animal welfare, are committed to ending this vicious blood sport.”
More than 3,000 birds were seized and more than 70 people rounded up Sunday, February 9 in “Operation Angry Birds,” the largest cockfighting bust in state history.
The crackdown began Saturday night as Schneiderman’s Organized Crime Task Force joined state police and U.S. Department of Homeland Security cops to execute a search warrant at 74-26 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven, Queens, where chicken-livered rooster owners, gamblers and spectators were watching birds fight to the death.
Six people who brought and fought gamecocks at the event were arrested and charged with animal fighting, a felony punishable in New York by a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
The Woodhaven location, a two-story rowhouse with a shuttered first floor barber shop, hosted cockfights twice a month, an informant told cops, who zeroed in on the spot last May. It stank of wet bird feathers Sunday.
The unnamed informant, who made video recordings of an event for authorities in the lead-up to the takedown, admitted he bred, trained and fought roosters for roughly 10 years before turning in his non-feathered friends.
The roosters were plied with performance-enhancing drugs and fitted with razor-sharp spurs to tear each other apart in a small pen surrounded by alcohol-swilling gamblers, authorities said.
Edward Medina (left) and Noel Castillo (right) were among the suspects picked up during “Operation Angry Birds.”
Spectators were charged admission and seating fees and booze was sold without a permit during the all-night fights. The ring even had security guards who frisked spectators and wagers reached as much as $10,000.
“I don’t know what they were doing in there,” said Sammy Ayala, who works down the street. “I never saw any chickens.”
In Bushwick, Brooklyn, cops broke into the basement of Pet NV, a pet shop at 71 Central Ave., and rescued 30 to 50 fighting birds from individual metal cages.
The roosters exhibited the telltale physical signs of having been bred, trained and altered for fighting, authorities said. Many birds had wattles and combs removed from their heads and feathers removed from their chests and legs.
Fighting equipment was also found in the shop, including bandages used to attach sharp spurs to the birds, sparring muffs and stuffed rooster dummies.
Orlando Bautista (left) and Samuel Rodriguez (right) were brought in as suspects during “Operation Angry Birds.”
Veterinary drugs, antibiotics, steroids, syringes and vitamins were also recovered, along with bird sales catalogues, cops said.
Shop owner Jeremias Nieves was arrested and charged with animal fighting.
“I know the roosters are down in the basement. They are mine,” he said when the cops showed up, according to court papers. “I just sell them. I don’t fight them. I know it’s illegal in New York City. You can’t take them.”
Jonathan Riveria, 26, works and lives on the block. He witnessed the takedown.
“I heard the roosters clucking. I looked out my window and saw like 30 cages outside,” Riveria said Sunday. “I didn’t know they had chickens inside. They were bringing them out.”
Riveria was shocked.
Suspect Elisandy Gonzalez was arrested by state investigators.
“They are nice people,” he said. “I’ve been going there since I was a little kid. They were cool people. I never thought they would do something like that.”
State investigators working with local police also raided a 90-acre farm at 230 Plattekill Ardonia Road in Plattekill, N.Y. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recovered roughly 3,000 birds there.
Farm manager Manuel Cruz, 60, and Jesus Cruz, 37, a farm hand, were arrested.
The location, which operated for years under the guise of a poultry farm, charged gamecock owners from as far away as Massachusetts to board, feed and care for their fierce animals.
For years, birds bred at the farm were transported to the house in Queens and the Brooklyn pet shop, authorities said.
Franciso Suriel, is a suspect arrested in “Operation Angry Birds.”
It was at one time registered as a commercial farm but not since 2010, and its owners hid hundreds of bird cages in the center of the property, authorities said.
The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office provided aerial surveillance in support of the investigation that led to the bust.
The other accused bird brains arrested were Noel Castillo, Orlando Bautista, Edward Medina, Elisandy Gonzalez, Samuel Rodriguez and Francisco Suriel. They were due to be arraigned Sunday.
The birds are being housed in temporary shelters set up by the ASPCA. New Yorkers can report animal abuse to Schneiderman’s Animal Protection Initiative by calling 1-866-697-3444.
Roosters were first bred for fighting in Southeast Asia more than 3,000 years ago and cockfighting remains a popular underground activity in the U.S., despite being illegal in all 50 states.
TODD MAISEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A breeder rooster that was found on 104th Street and 35th Avenue in Corona, Queens.
“This is a brutal, brutal activity,” Matthew Bershadker, ASPCA president, told the Daily News.
“These animals suffer greatly and these (cockfighting enthusiasts) are violent criminals often involved in other violent crimes. These guys aren’t selling girl scout cookies. The wounds the birds sustain to satisfy some sadistic or financial itch are heartbreaking.”
Bershadker said the ASPCA asks cops to look out for cockfighting and dog fighting, which are both called “blood sports.”
“It’s very difficult to know the scope of the problem because this is an underground activity,” he said. “You have drugs and gambling and prostitution and guns and gangs involved. I can’t tell you how many there are exactly. But this is not the only cockfighting ring in New York City.”
In nature, roosters may fight over territory or mates but such battles are usually brief and relatively harmless. In cockfights, birds are bred and trained to kill.
Trainers use special foods and drugs, along with obstacle courses and treadmills, to turn their roosters into death machines.
“What I saw last night was very typical,” said Bershadker, who accompanied cops for the Queens bust.
“You typically have a dark, smelly basement with a square box in the middle, dozens of roosters in cardboard boxes or bags lining the wall, cash, alcohol and drug paraphernalia.”
With Simone Weichselbaum