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144 arrested at Tennessee cockfight

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Doomsday101, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    NEWPORT, Tennessee (AP) -- Law enforcement agents raided an illegal cockfight and arrested 144 people attending what one official said may have been one of the nation's largest such gatherings.

    Several SWAT teams, helicopters and dozens of state troopers participated in the raid Saturday on the sprawling Del Rio Cockfight Pit. They seized about $40,000 in cash and killed more than 300 roosters.

    "Reputedly, this was the largest cockfight in the United States," said District Attorney Al Schmutzer Jr. "It was becoming open and notorious, and you just can't stand back and let something operate like that in the community."

    The 144 were each charged with being a spectator to cockfighting, a misdemeanor in Tennessee. If convicted, they face up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a $2,500 fine.

    John Goodwin, of the Humane Society of the United States, who took part in the raid, said it served notice on those conducting such illegal operations. "I wouldn't want to be a cockfighter in East Tennessee right now," he said.

    David Webb, a gamecock owner from Rhea County, said he lost more than 20 chickens valued at $150 each during the raid. "I've been around this stuff all my life. Everything I've ever known is a chicken fight," he said.

    Newport, adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains, is 42 miles east of Knoxville.
  2. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    What did the chicken's have to do with this? And why was I not called. LOL
  3. Crown Royal

    Crown Royal Insulin Beware

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    So - they stop the cockfight because it is inhumane to the cocks - and then they kill 300 of them.

  4. trickblue

    trickblue Not Old School...Old Testament...

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    In other news... a community chicken dinner is scheduled for Tuesday night...
  5. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    They do not have a choice the birds can not be reintroudced back in with regular chickens on a farm or be a pet.

    They are damaged goods and will attack people if you are not careful.
    They will kill other chickens if you try to put them in a normal breeding area etc etc.
  6. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Why did the chicken cross the road?

    To run from the Knoxville, Tenn SWAT Team...:eek:
  7. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    That's no shocker coming from those East TN hillbilly's.

    Why does the Univ of TN use orange as their school color?
    So they can go to the game on Saturday, hunting on Sunday and pickup trash along the highway the rest of the week.......nothing sucks like a big orange

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