SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office released a short video today to raise attention about the increasing problem of cockfighting in San Bernardino County and the negative effects that it has on communities. The 4-minute video spotlights the recent raid of a cockfighting breeding facility conducted by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Animal Cruelty Task Force in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Cockfighting is a criminal blood sport between two roosters (also known as gamecocks), that are outfitted with steel blades on their legs and forced to fight one another in a violent death match.“Once again we are faced with a situation in which hundreds of animals were being subjected to terrible living conditions,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “When so many birds are placed in a small area like this, it’s not only harmful to the health of the birds, but it creates an ideal environment for diseases to be spread. Whether it’s a facility that is breeding birds for future fights or a location where the actual fighting is taking place, cockfighting is a clear threat to community safety, and it will not be tolerated in this county.”