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Rooster kills man with knife

In one of the more bizarre news stories involving birds, a rooster recently killed a California man with a knife that was attached to its leg, according to an article in the Visalia Times-Delta.

The man was injured on Jan. 30 during an illegal and cruel cockfighting event. The rooster, which had a blade attached to its leg to fight with, accidentally stabbed the man in the leg. Since he was engaged in an illegal activity, the man did not seek help and eventually bled to death.

Despite this ironic turn of events, this incident once again raises the issue of animal cruelty administered at these brutal cockfighting events.

The blood sport, which pits two roosters against one another, remains a big problem in the United States despite now being outlawed in all 50 states (Louisiana was the last to outlaw cockfighting in 2008). The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act even makes it a federal law to transfer implements related to cockfighting across borders.

Nevertheless, cockfighting rings are still widely prevalent. In just the past week, rings have been busted in North Carolina, Florida, Hawaii and California with several resulting in arrests and charges.

For more information on how to help prevent and combat the blood sport, check out the Humane Society wesbite, which has additional details about the effects on roosters and ways to take action.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.

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