April 11, 2017
A Southern District of Alabama grand jury indicted four individuals on federal charges in connection with the investigation of a major cockfighting pit in Citronelle, Alabama. The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the suspects, three of whom are from Alabama and one from Florida. In August 2016, The Humane Society of the United States assisted the FBI with searching the Citronelle property where they uncovered a huge arena with bleacher seating, concession stands, trophies, cockfighting paraphernalia and rental holding spaces for participants’ birds with room for more than 1,000 animals.
August 4, 2016
Federal authorities took steps to shut down a cockfighting pit in Citronelle, Alabama, on Friday, after multiple undercover investigations conducted by the FBI and The Humane Society of the United States.
April 15, 2016
The U.S. Sentencing Commission announced new guidelines to significantly increase the penalties for both dogfighting and cockfighting, bringing the penalties more in line with the 2014 Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.
March 31, 2016
West Virginia Gov. Ed Tomblin signed a bill significantly increasing fines for participating in or attending an animal fight and enacting felony-level penalties for repeat offenders. HB 4201 also prohibits gambling on an animal fight, bringing a minor to an animal fight and possessing or training an animal for fighting.
June 9, 2015
More than 250 birds were rescued by authorities in Odenton, Maryland, on Monday as part of an investigation into a suspected cockfighting operation.
April 21, 2015
By overwhelming majorities, the Tennessee General Assembly has sent legislation to Gov. Bill Haslam that significantly strengthens penalties for attending an animal fight or bringing a child to an animal fight.
March 29, 2015
Authorities in Marlboro County, South Carolina, broke up an active cockfight Saturday night, resulting in the arrest of 27 suspected cockfighters and the rescue of 122 gamefowl and one emaciated dog with 10 pups.
February 9, 2015
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January 21, 2015
An Oklahoma state court will decide whether to limit Attorney General Scott Pruitt in his nearly yearlong campaign of political harassment and public vilification of The Humane Society of the United States.
December 29, 2014
Nearly 40 birds were rescued by authorities in Sullivan County, Tennessee, as part of an investigation into a suspected cockfighting operation.