The persistence of cockfighting in the U.S. territories is a serious issue, but it is not strictly a territorial one. Even though federal law makes it a crime to “knowingly sell, buy, possess, train, transport, deliver or receive” any chicken across state lines for fighting purposes, roosters are still transported in large numbers from state-side jurisdictions to the U.S. territories. A review of live-animal shipping records to Guam found that state-based cockfighters have sent at least 11,648 fighting birds to Guam over the last 5 years, with Hawaii being Guam’s most serious exporter. Territorial proximity to foreign jurisdictions in which cockfighting is not illegal also exacerbates the prevalence of cockfighting interests and operations in the U.S. territories. What can be done? This webinar will examine the history and pervasiveness of cockfighting in the territories, discuss reasons for local resistance to anti-animal fighting legislation and enforcement, review recent federal and local challenges to animal fighting prohibitions in the territories, and offer recommendations for disrupting cockfighting channels and operations within and outside the territories.
When responding to these cases, investigators benefit from a working knowledge of the methods individuals employ to raise and condition birds for the fight, the equipment and supplies considered evidence of the crime, and the traditional rules associated with fights, known as derbies. This webinar will also provide viewers with information that will be both practical and helpful to investigations, including crime scene processing, evidence collection, identification and protective custody for live birds, and special considerations in these unique animal cruelty cases.
Other Webinars with this Organization
- Feb 13, 2024: Better Futures for Animals – And With – Animals: The Canine Cellmates Model for Post-Conviction Animal Care Programs
- May 7: Tribal Law and Animal Law
- Aug 22: Fowl Play: Cockfighting’s History, Impact, and Future in the US and Territories (this webinar)
- Nov 5: Using Innovative Alternatives to Incarceration and Recognizing the Role of Trauma in Violence against Animals (coming soon)
Founded in 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. The Animal Legal Defense Fund accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are held accountable for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting legislation harmful to animals, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.
This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association and is approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit. Please refer to your NACA membership portal for current CEU submission process. Current NACA Members who attend the live presentation or watch the recording will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo. Visit the NACA training page for a complete list of future trainings.