Authorities have uncovered a cockfighting arena in Fallbrook. San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Anthony Ray says deputies responded to a report of roosters crowing at an avocado grove around 10 a.m. Sunday.
State drug enforcement officials thought they were on a routine pot bust in Tehama County when whey discovered a cockfighting ring. The California Multi-jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team had been monitoring a house in Corning for a month.
On Friday, Louisiana will become the last state to outlaw the rooster fights, a move that cockfighting enthusiasts say marks the end of a rich rural tradition. Supporters and opponents agree that the blood sport will continue on the sly in remote areas.
A poultry magazine from western Arkansas has agreed to ask Amazon.com to stop selling its publication online, but a lawyer representing The Gamecock says the publication does not promote cockfighting or violate a federal ban on the bloody sport.