Almost 200 cocks seized as RSPCA cracks open cruel cock fighting ring in Qld

MORE than 180 roosters have been rescued by the RSPCA in Queensland following a major investigation into an illegal state-wide ‘cockfighting’ ring.

Inspectors raided 11 properties across the state on Wednesday, including in Cairns, Gympie, on the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane and west of Ipswich.

RSPCA Qld Chief Inspector Daniel Young said the operation was the result of a major investigation into illegal cockfights and reports of cock birds being imported for the purpose of fighting.


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Mr Young said inspectors saved 186 fowl (domestic cocks or hens) and seized a collection of cockfighting paraphernalia, including prohibited spurs which are attached to cock birds during the bloodied battles.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Mr Young said. “We’d urge anyone who has any information to come forward.”

One of the 186 fowl seized by the RSPCA during the operation PHOTO: Supplied via RSCPA Qld

Spurs are attached to the rooster’s feet during the cruel ‘cockfights’ PHOTO: Supplied via RSCPA Qld

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