Upwards of 3,000 roosters in New York will now hopefully be headed toward a better life, as authorities conducted the state’s largest-ever cockfighting bust over the weekend. According to a release from the ASPCA, Sunday morning, 3,000 fighting birds were seized from a 90-acre farm in Plattekill where they were “living in deplorable conditions.” The previous day, cops raided a pet store in Brooklyn and another location in Queens, where they took 50 and 65 roosters, respectively, and also found things like artificial spurs and syringes used to drug the animals.

“Cockfighting is a cruel, abusive and barbaric practice that tortures animals, endangers the health and safety of the public and is known to facilitate other crimes,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said of the operation.

 

For now, the rescued animals will be housed in a temporary ASPCA shelter.

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