Altogether the HSUS animal rescue team, animal control, and law enforcement rescued 270 birds, including 95 roosters, 91 hens, and 84 chicks. Law enforcement also searched the property and the home and seized suspected cockfighting paraphernalia like gaffs, knives, and medications.
These cockfighters might have thought they were being clever by setting up a breeding operation but not fighting roosters in their state - claiming that they are just breeders. Some cockfighters think they can get away with shipping their birds to states with weaker, misdemeanor-level penalties for cockfighting, Even if they are caught in those other states, they think, it will just be a slap on the wrist and they can continue to ply their hobby. In this case, the perpetrator said he was sending fighting roosters to the Philippines, where cockfighting is legal.
These scofflaws are not keeping up with the law, which we've been hard at work upgrading state by state and at the federal level. In Maryland, it is a serious crime just to possess birds for fighting. And it is a federal felony to possess birds for fighting or to ship them across state lines or abroad for fighting.