Tough on Cockfighting

Whether you're the organizer, the gambler, or the spectator, you could be busted and big time for cockfighting, which is an arranged fight between two roosters.

If you're caught doing it, you better beware because The Humane Society of The United States ranks Florida second in the nation for having the toughest laws on cockfighting.

Taylor County Resident Helen Eakins says, "I disagree with it. It's a form of gambling and using animals."

Cockfighting, possession of birds for fighting, being a spectator and possession of implements, can all be felonies in Florida, with a maximum of four years behind bars, $5,000 to $50,000 fines, and or community service.

Cockfighting is also a felony in Georgia, with a sentence of one to five years and up to $5,000 in fines.

However, possessing fighting birds, observing, and possessing implements are all legal.

Some say the ten people arrested back in December for cockfighting at 2428 A. Young Road in Taylor County got off easy.

Half of them had their charges dropped to misdemeanors and were fined just $315 a piece, while the others are still facing felonies and one year probation.

Animal Control Officer Carrie Tucker in Taylor County said, "Here at Animal Control, we will prosecute to the very end for these people that are caught with these chickens, fighting them; for the inhumane way that they torture these chickens."

Law enforcement says it will continue the fight against cockfighting.

Cockfighting is still legal in Louisiana and New Mexico.


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