ASPCA Welcomes Law Boosting Penalties For Rooster Fights In New York

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo provides for stronger penalties for for spectators attending animal fights in New York.

The bill raises the penalty from a violation to a misdemeanor. The offender could serve up to three months in jail and pay a maximum fine of up to $500.

LISTEN: Monica Miller reports 

Deborah Bresh from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals approved of the change.

“We’ve gone from a traffic-style violation, to a crime,” she told Monica Miller. “Being a spectator at an animal fight has not even been a crime up until this point. Now there’s actually someone who attends a fight will actually have a criminal record if they’re caught.”

Bresh also says it doesn’t have to be proven that the violator wagered on the fight.

More than 30 people were arrested last February in Suffolk County after police raided a Long Island rooster fighting operation.

Does this new law go too far or not far enough? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Julie Sonenberg

    This is a great step for stopping these fights. If spectators are worried about getting busted, maybe they won’t go. And if they don’t go – the “sport” dies.

  • Mike

    Rooster fighting….really? C’mon What is this Mexico city?

  • Jan

    There is a place for all of God’s creatures….right next to the taters n gravy.


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  • Jae W. Kim

    Yea man mad bs….let them fight it out before we eat them….it probably boosts their blood flow and gives us a “tastier” chicken hahah whats gooood.

  • pugphan

    Awwwwww this is a lot of BS…fried chicken anyone: Popeyes, KFC, dah! smokersodysseycom

  • jane

    It doesn’t go nearly far enough. The only reason a person should be able to avoid the arrest is if it can be proven that s/he happened upon the event, discovered what was occurring and called 911. That person can remain on site as a witness. Everyone else should be arrested, charged, and maybe, in addition to going to jail and paying a fine, should be pecked by a rooster or bitten by a pit bull for an hour to acquire empathy for what the animals endure.

  • Diesel Strongboy

    It goes much too far. At least make the gov’t prove that the spectator paid to watch. Happening on something and stopping to watch shouldn’t be a crime, perhaps not even a violation. Go after the people who make the big bucks off it.

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