As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Nearly 400 Birds Seized From Cockfighting Ring in Western Mass.

Published at 1:50 PM EDT on May 28, 2018 | Updated at 6:37 PM EDT on May 29, 2018

Birds Seized From Northampton Cockfighting Ring
Hundreds of birds were taken from a cockfighting ring in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the MSPCA is hoping to save some of them from being put down.

Police have seized nearly 400 roosters and chickens from what is being called an illegal cockfighting operation on a western Massachusetts farm.

Officials with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the birds, which including about 150 hens and chicks, were removed from a barn at Ravenwold Greenhouses in Northampton on Friday.

Animal control officers discovered signs of cockfighting during a barn inspection which included gloves used during fights and a bag of medication commonly used to cockfight. Other hints included roosters with sharpened spurs and an area with blood splatters. State law prohibits anyone from training animals for cockfighting.

The farm's owner says he rented the space to another person and had never been inside.

MSPCA officials said they will have to euthanize many of the roosters seized in the western Massachusetts bust due to their aggressive behavior

(Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018)
The birds were brought to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen where officials say nearly all of them will have to be euthanized due to their aggressiveness.

"Sadly, they cannot be rehabilitated or re-trained and nearly all of them will have to be euthanized. The MSPCA cannot place them into homes as they would kill or attack any other bird (or other animals) that are nearby," the MSPCA said in a statement.

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