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Uncle Killed Over Kidnapped Fighting Rooster

Police found the rooster tied to a chair in a mobile home

(Newser) - It has all the trappings of a Tennessee noir: an uncle allegedly dead by his nephew's hand, a gunfight, a mobile home, and a kidnapped fighting rooster tied to a chair. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports police were called to the scene of a deadly shooting early yesterday shortly... More »

Gene Tweak Made Roosters Fat—and Infertile

Leading to a shortage of chickens, and higher prices

(Newser) - The breed of rooster that sires around a quarter of America's chickens hasn't been getting the job done and a genetic tweak is to blame. Aviagen Group, the world's largest chicken breeder, made a change to the standard Ross male that has caused fertility issues, causing a... More »

Rapper's Home Video Leads to Animal Rescue in Detroit

Young Calicoe allegedly boasts of fighting dogs, roosters

(Newser) - Detroit police today confiscated animals that might have been used in dogfighting and cockfighting rings. The authorities moved after a local rapper known as Young Calicoe allegedly made a video showing off the "zoo" behind a city home. The video shows chained-up pit bulls and caged roosters, reports the... More »

Cockfighting Rooster Stabs, Kills Man

Victim Jose Luis Ochoa fled, later died from calf wound

(Newser) - A recent cockfight in California killed five roosters … and one man. Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, died after being stabbed in the right calf by the blade attached to one of the fighting birds, the Bakersfield Californian reports. Ochoa and others fled after an anonymous caller tipped the sheriff’s... More »

1K Roosters Put Down After Cockfighting Bust

Creatures had to be euthanized due to aggressive nature

(Newser) - There are mysterious animal deaths , and then there are just tragic ones. In California, the weekend bust of a cockfighting ring led to the deaths of about 1,000 roosters. The Ventura County Star reports that the roosters had to be euthanized due to their aggressive nature. Two men were... More »

19 Men Busted in Canary Fight Ring

(Newser) - Police busted 19 men suspected of operating a canary fight ring in Connecticut, reports WFSB TV. Some 150 canaries and saffron finches were confiscated in Shelton. “There were 100 canaries fighting, and they were betting on them 'til they were dead. It’s absolutely shocking,” said a neighbor.... More »

Connecticut Catches Cock Fight Fever

Police baffled over recent arrests for bloody sport

(Newser) - New England is hardly a cockfighting hot spot, but Connecticut might be turning into one, the Boston Globe reports. Since 2005 Hartford-area police have made at least five major cockfighting busts, arresting about 80 people and seizing more than $88,000. Police aren’t sure if that means cockfighting is... More »

Cockfighting Fans in La. Say Goodbye

State is last to ban centuries-old sport; aficionados protest

(Newser) - Louisiana became the last state to outlaw cockfighting today, and fans of the activity are mourning the loss of what they see as a cultural pastime, reports the Washington Post. Animal rights supporters praise the crackdown, but cockfight enthusiasts say the law will just push the show underground. Says one... More »

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