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June 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Louisiana will ban cockfighting next year, becoming the last state to outlaw the blood sport, under a bill approved Wednesday by the Legislature. Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco's office said she would sign the measure, which bans the rural tradition in which specially bred roosters fight to the death while spectators bet on the outcome. For years, state lawmakers resisted animal-rights activists' efforts to outlaw it, but they relented this year on the condition that the prohibition be delayed.
June 8, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Police broke up a large cockfighting and gambling operation at a local dairy over the weekend, detaining 30 spectators and ordering 40 injured fighting roosters to be destroyed. Immigration and Naturalization Service agents deported 12 of the 30 spectators, who had paid $20 apiece to watch the roosters fight inside a tarp-covered, 2,000-square-foot arena that included two blackjack tables and food and drink distribution, according to a spokesman for the Ontario Police Department.
June 25, 1994 | ANN W. O'NEILL
Fourteen men arrested last month at a Panorama City cockfight were fined $972 each and placed on three years probation Thursday after pleading no contest to charges they participated in cockfighting. A 15th defendant entered his plea Monday, said Rick Schmidt of the city attorney's office. Municipal Judge Alan Ellis barred the men from possessing roosters or cockfighting paraphernalia while they are on probation.
April 30, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI
Criminal charges were filed this week against two men accused of holding a cockfight in Sylmar and two other men accused of training fighting cocks that they planned to ship to Arizona and Mexico for sale. The Los Angeles city attorney's office charged Juan Munoz, 43, and Vincente Gudino, 35, both of Sylmar, each with a single count of permitting cockfighting.
October 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Instead of offering an expected plea bargain to a man accused of raising cockfighting birds, a West Justice Center judge in Westminster on Monday set a Dec. 5 pretrial hearing and ordered a background check of the defendant. Magdaleno Hernandez, 33, of Garden Grove was prepared to plead guilty to possession of 123 fighting birds or chicks and related paraphernalia, said his attorney. But Superior Court Judge Michael S.
May 18, 1989 | TOM GORMAN, Times Staff Writer
Eleven Pauma Valley men pleaded no contest Wednesday to misdemeanor charges that they were at a cockfight last summer that led to the seizure of 36 fighting roosters. The San Diego County Humane Society called the pleas by the large group of defendants "exceedingly rare," because cockfighting, though considered endemic in the backcountry, is such a clandestine affair that arrests are unusual. The men were arrested by sheriff's deputies July 24 after authorities, acting on a tip, surrounded the North County ranch where the men had gathered around a plywood arena to watch the birds fight.
June 15, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
When she was a baby, Milcha Sanchez-Scott used to go to cockfights. "I was surprised when my father told me about it, because my parents aren't the kind of people who go to cockfights," said the recent Rockefeller Grant recipient, whose play "Roosters" opens Friday at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. "But in Indonesia, where I was born, it's like a religious ceremony." To research her play, Sanchez-Scott, 33, dutifully re-entered the world of cockfighting. "I was obsessed," she said frankly.
February 14, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A sheriff's deputy interrupted a cockfight in Lancaster just as it was beginning Sunday morning, arresting 21 men and confiscating 93 fighting roosters, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Acting on a tip from a woman who reported seeing a van filled with men and hearing roosters crowing inside, the deputy broke up the event, which had been staged for bettors, just before 9 a.m.
January 18, 1989 | DAVID SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
A spectator at a cockfight can be charged with a crime in California, the Supreme Court affirmed Tuesday. The justices rejected a challenge to a state law dating back to 1868 which makes it a crime for "any person who, for amusement or gain, causes any bull, bear, cock or other animal . . . to fight with like kind of animal or creature." Anyone who "aids, abets or is present at such fighting . . . as a spectator is guilty of a misdemeanor," according to the law.
January 18, 1989
A Los Angeles city board voted Tuesday to seek a change in state law that would give animal control officials the authority to destroy confiscated fighting cocks. The Board of Animal Regulation Commissioners voted unanimously to send a city representative to Sacramento to lobby for five changes in the law that would increase the penalties for cockfight promoters.
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