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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.
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.
March 12, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
Santa Barbara County authorities raided a suspected cockfighting operation in the Santa Maria Valley this week, finding more than 800 chickens and items allegedly used to stage lethal cockfights. Investigators believe roosters were bred at the ranch and sold over the Internet for up to $350 each. Nearly 500 of the fowl were roosters, but only 10 were confiscated as evidence, said Drew Sugars, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. Tuesday's raid also turned up cockfighting videos, magazines, trophies and spurs that are strapped to a rooster's leg during battle, Sugars said.
January 27, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A state senator hopes to revive cockfighting in the state by putting tiny boxing gloves on the roosters instead of razors. The state outlawed the blood sport in 2002 because of its cruelty to the roosters, which were slashed and pecked to death while human spectators bet on the outcome. But state Sen. Frank Shurden, a Democrat from Henryetta, has proposed that roosters wear the gloves and little lightweight vests configured with electronic sensors to record hits and help keep score.
April 17, 1988
Acting on an anonymous tip, Los Angeles police arrested 34 men and impounded more than 100 birds early Saturday after a raid on the basement of a Wilshire-area home that had been converted into a cockfighting arena. Officers discovered 17 dead roosters and seized $5,200 in gambling receipts at the Cordova Street residence, which they believe was used weekly for cockfighting contests. "They had a large, well-lit fighting pit with a 3-foot wall around it," said Officer Douglas Tanaka.
September 4, 1986 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
The cockfights started promptly at 3 p.m., in a flurry of blood and feathers. The first bout pitted Mike Romulo's prize fighting cock, A.M.R.--the initials are also those of Romulo's new son--against a slightly tougher rooster owned by another wealthy breeder.
Animal rights activists in this state where traditions die hard have given up for now a battle to pass a bill banning the centuries-old practice of cockfighting. "We've been trying to get this thing passed for years, and we'll probably try again--but not in (this) legislative session," said state Rep.
Sheriff's deputies who raided a home Wednesday said they discovered what they had expected after a three-month investigation: a laboratory capable of producing 100 pounds of methamphetamine per week. What they didn't expect to stumble upon was a cockfighting operation, complete with a fighting ring, leg knives and about 300 birds. "They were breeding them there and everything," Deputy Mark Bailey, a sheriff's spokesman, said. "They had them in cages and they had them running around the yard."
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