PROSECUTION PUSHED IN COCKFIGHTS.Byline: Charles F. Bostwick Staff Writer
LANCASTER - A spokesman for the animal-rights organization PETA Quadrillion (10 to the 15th power). See space/time. has called on District Attorney Steve Cooley Stephen Lawrence ("Steve") Cooley (born May 1, 1947 in Los Angeles, California) is a veteran prosecutor who was elected as Los Angeles County's 36th District Attorney on November 7, 2000. He was sworn in for his second term on December 6, 2004. to prosecute - ``to the fullest extent of the law'' - 21 men caught at a cockfight.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an international nonprofit organization that supports Animal Rights and has spawned a tremendous amount of conflict and controversy from its inception. asked that the men, if convicted, be ordered to undergo counseling, be banned for life from contact with animals and to have any animals in their possession taken away.
``Repeat crimes are the rule rather than the exception among animal abusers, and this is especially true of animal fighters,'' Daniel Paden, a PETA staffer, wrote in a letter to Cooley.
Ninety-three roosters were confiscated con·fis·cate
tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.
2. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.
adj. Feb. 13 after deputies acting on a tip found a cockfighting cockfighting, sport of pitting gamecocks against one other. Though popular in ancient Greece, Persia, and Rome, cockfighting has been long opposed by clergy and humane groups. arena near an abandoned house in a sparsely populated area about 15 miles east of Lancaster.
The arena was made of garage doors supported by sawed-off telephone poles and four-by-fours implanted in the ground, with two fighting pits inside.
Scattering, dozens of men ran into the desert or sped off in vehicles as deputies arrived, but 21 were caught. The men who were caught were from San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area. , Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Newhall and other areas, as well as the Antelope Valley, deputies said.
None of those caught admitted to owning the roosters, so all were cited for the misdemeanor offense of being present at a cockfight, deputies said.
``We are prosecuting them,'' Deputy District Attorney Robert Foltz said Wednesday.
He said prosecutors are awaiting for a final report from the Sheriff's Department before filing charges.
The birds were taken away by county animal-control officers. Animal-control officials said they were not disclosing where the birds were taken for fear that people would try to steal them.
Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742