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Cop Dies in Encounter With Rooster

Filipino officer was breaking up a cockfight when he was struck with a gaff

(Newser) - Police officers in the Philippines are mourning the loss of one of their own, killed in an encounter with a rooster. Lieutenant Christian Bolok was breaking up an illegal cockfight in San Jose, Northern Samar province, on Monday when he picked up a rooster and was struck in his left...

California Cops Find Thousands of Cockfighting Roosters

Hundreds of other animals were rescued from Los Angeles property

(Newser) - As many as 3,000 cockfighting roosters were rescued from a California ranch this week as part of an investigation into animal cruelty. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said 2,000 to 3,000 roosters were kept on the multi-acre ranch in Los Angeles' Chatsworth area, where a...

Woman's Profane Rooster Rant Goes Viral

The 'inconsiderate jerk' crows at 5:30am without fail

(Newser) - Roosters aren't for everyone. The much-maligned male chicken is banned in cities across the US, and now one woman in a small town in Michigan is so fed up with hers that she posted an expletive-ridden rooster rant on Facebook last week. Largely hailed as hilarious, her post has...

Man Has 30 Days to Catch Rooster, or Else

It's been driving neighbors in Pittsburgh crazy

(Newser) - A Pittsburgh man has been given one final chance to catch a noisy rooster that has plagued his neighborhood for years. At a court hearing Wednesday, District Judge Oscar Petite ordered Henry Gaston to find a way to trap the rooster that lives on or near his property and is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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