LA Times: California Should Take a Hard Line on Cockfighting

This morning’s Los Angeles Times’ editorial pages has called for California to take tougher steps to stiffen penalties for illegal and the dangerous practice of cockfighting.  The Times’ editorial cited a fatality that happened in the Central part of the state, where a rooster equipped with a razor cut a man who wound up bleeding to death. 

The practice of cockfighting is cruel to the chickens and is a form of illegal gambling that has no place to today’s society.  Last year, more 800 birds bred for cockfighting were seized and killed from a residence in San Diego CountyEscondido owned by a man from Fullerton.  Police also seized razors and sharp knives that can be attached to the Rooster’s leg for the purpose of cutting its opponent.

From the Times editorial: “An incident in Central California last week was so bizarre that the headlines it generated wouldn’t be out of place in a supermarket tabloid next to tales of alien babies and Elvis sightings: “Man Killed by Rooster.” More specifically, one of the feathered contestants in an illegal cockfight in Tulare County, armed with a blade attached to its leg, apparently stabbed 35-year-old Jose Luis Ochoa in the calf, and Ochoa was declared dead of “sharp force injury” two hours later.

This isn’t the first time someone has died in what is supposed to be blood sport for birds; last summer in Merced, two men got into an argument over a $10 bet, one pulled out a gun and killed the other, and the victim’s brother and another man allegedly beat the shooter to death. But aside from the question of whether cockfights are humane for humans, they raise serious concerns about whether the state of California is doing enough to discourage them.

Californians earned a reputation for their conscientiousness about animal welfare after passing the nation’s first ban on the use of battery cages for egg-laying hens in 2008. Yet while we don’t want to crowd chickens, we don’t seem to have much of a problem with letting people attach razor-sharp knives to their fighting spurs and place bets on which one will survive. Cockfighting is a felony in nearby states such as Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico, but it’s only a misdemeanor on a first offense in California, rising to a felony on a second strike.”

Police say illegal cockfighting also attracts illicit drug use and prostitution.  Cockfighting is illegal in every state in the Union but it is legal in both Mexico and the Phillipines.

  11 comments for “LA Times: California Should Take a Hard Line on Cockfighting

  1. jose s.
    February 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    not to be a dick or anything but jose luis ochoa had it coming and really it was a fitting way for a person such as himself to die. to die from the very rooster he was abusing. lets just say the rooster won his fight.

  2. kepdapeace
    February 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Interesting that there isn’t one word about the cockfighting in Santa Ana. Wow. You would think there are more serious issues in this state to report on than whether a chicken will fight for his life in the steam or at the local KFC.

    • February 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Google “cockfighting in Santa Ana: and very little shows up

  3. junior
    February 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Tom Russell makes cock fighting sound very romantic (but still violent) in “El Gallo del Cielo” – great song!

    Ole! Carlos Zaragoza left his home in Casas Grande when the moon was full.

    No money in his pocket, just a locket of his sister framed in gold.

    He rode into El Sueco, stole a rooster called El Gallo del Cielo …

  4. Sean's Mommy
    February 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    You guys all know Sean Mill posts under aliases like DKMFAN and Tony Serra right. I am amazed he didn’t make a connection to cockfighting in Santa Ana. But then again! He doesn’t have a cock worth fighting over

    • Santa Ana Resident
      February 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Hey you forgot that he’s Santa Ana Resident too. You ass wipes think anyone that is critical of you must be Sean Mill.

    • February 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      so what’s your proof? (question directed to Sean’s Mommy”)

  5. February 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Geez Louise, why does everything have to be about Sean Mill? For the record, SAR, people have asked if you are him and I have said no. You post consistently using the same email and IP address. And sorry to tell you, not everyone loves Sean.

    And for “Sean’s Mommy,” I did look for examples of cockfighting in Santa Ana. There’s very little to report but I’m told it does go on. I have to wonder how sharp those knieves are and how deeply they cut so that someone bled to death. The Register’s pet blog had a story about the case in the central valley too.

    • Santa Ana Resident
      February 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      I agree Dan why must it be about Sean or Art or whomever? Stick the topic of the thread which is cockfighting. That is a brutal and disgusting past time. But some ass wipe calling themselves Sean’s Mommy comes in and goes off the subject.

      Why don’t you just create a standing post where these assholes can attack Sean and Art regularly without dragging down all the other posts with that shit?

      • February 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

        well perhaps you could wander over to NewSantaAna, OJ and FFFF and pose the same questions? I’m always amazed to learn I have done things I have neither the time nor inclination to do. For example, did you know I’m Jewish? Or that my bariatric surgery cost $100,000? Or that I threatened to cut Harry Sidhu’s brake lines? All completely untrue.

        I see where you’re going about dragging topcis down, but odd that I seldom see you admonish the other sites for doing the same thing.

        Been a very busy day for me, so thanks for reading

  6. lefty
    February 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Do the blood-thirsty struggle in direct relation to their lack of regard for their fellow living creatures?

    Inhumane Factory Farms & Slauhterhouses – tollerated by the masses in selfish societies for cheaper food.

    Warmonger societys who rationalize their nations dirty deeds with self-centered justifications.

    Individuals, groups, &/or nations – blood for blood.

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