09 February 2011

Rooster tries to flee slavery, kills his handler in the process

Recently a rooster, who I'll call Hero, attempted to flee his slave driver. During the jailbreak he killed a jackass, the human variety, not a donkey. One can only hope that his feathered brothers were taking notes.

Last year Jose Luis Ochoa, of Lamont, Calif., pleaded no contest to owning or training an animal for the purpose of fighting and paid a $370 fine. For the second offense, karma took the law into its own hands and Ochoa paid with his life. Ochoa suffered deep lacerations to his calf that severed arteries which caused him to bleed out. Deputies who broke up the ring found 5 dead roosters, no word on if Hero was one of the deceased.

Cockfighting birds are often equipped with spurs or razor blades and forced to fight for their lives. California has seen an increase in the brutal "sport" of cockfighting recently due to neighboring states charging people with felonies on the first offense. The first offense remains a misdemeanor in the Golden State.

The fights continue to exist as a form of gambling. The way to discourage the fights is to increase the penalties for those taking part. Three hundred seventy dollars is nothing compared to the tens of thousands of dollars that are gambled during the fights.

It is highly unlikely that other roosters will learn to fight back against man, higher monetary fines and mandatory jail time for first offenders is the only way to put an end to this.

Peter Godoy | @petergodoy
Peter lives in San Diego with two animal companion cats, Gremlin and Mila, and has no plans to ever leave America's Finest City. He was vegetarian for a couple months until he saw the light and became a vegan. Animal rights has become his passion. Peter enjoys reading vegan blogs and cooking vegan meals. Follow Peter on Facebook.

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