Cockfight busted in Bracken County

2013-05-09T15:39:00Z 2014-08-25T22:59:05Z Cockfight busted in Bracken CountyWENDY MITCHELL wendy.mitchell@lee.net Ledger Independent

BROOKSVILLE | An investigation into alleged cockfighting led to the arrest of more than half a dozen people in Bracken County.

According to Bracken County Sheriff Howard Niemeier, Kentucky State Police made arrests on April 20 at a location on Mattox Road.

Arrested in connection with the fighting and charged with cruelty to animals were Chester Browning, Kevin R. Colemire, William T. Morris, Harry Sparks, Jennifer Tackett, William Tuel, Wayne Weeks and Corey K. Ward.

KSP Trooper Ryan Roessler is investigating the incident.

All eight are scheduled for hearings in Bracken County District Court May 21, with the exception of Jennifer Tackett who is scheduled for a July hearing.

In a ring called a cockpit, cockfights are fought by two roosters also known as gamecocks.

References to the fights go back to the 1600s and beyond.

In some cases, gamecocks are specially bred for stamina and strength.

Cocks are naturally aggression toward all males of the same species.

Cockfighting is also considered a blood sport by animal welfare and animal rights activists. All fights are not to the death, but usually inflict injuries on the combatants.

In many other areas around the world, cockfighting is still practiced as a sporting event, regulated by laws, or forbidden outright.

According to officials, though cockfighting is a Class A misdemeanor in Kentucky punishable with a possible 12 months in prison and a $500 fine, being a spectator at a fight or possessing a fighting bird are not illegal.

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  1. bhall
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    bhall - May 20, 2013 11:21 pm
    buddy ill just tell you they r not trained that's there nature to fight they start fighting when they r 10 weeks old until adults so if u don't own none then u don't no nothing ur talking about so keep ur comments to ur self until u get some and rasie them and see for ur self ray butler........................................................................................................................................................................................peroid
  2. Rifle
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    Rifle - May 16, 2013 1:57 pm
    Ray please read more about this subject and not just what the Animal Rights Terrorist put out. Most of these birds are not aggressive to anything but another male. Some will defend their flock from anything and may die trying. If they are gamecocks they will fight and they will kill other males. These are not dogs that can be trained or drugged to go after other roosters. They are bred to be the best specimen just like any other human modified animal, plant or bird.
  3. raybutlerhome
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    raybutlerhome - May 15, 2013 10:44 pm
    Gamecocks are not "naturally" aggressive. They are trained, bred and drugged to be that way. And it doesn't matter how long something has been practiced, There still is no excuse to continue it. A 'sporting event" would be a fair challenge for entertainment. Cockfighting is a cruel bloodbath for the owners to make money...nothing "sporting" about that.
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