Man killed at cockfight — by rooster

This writer will refrain from staking out obvious lessons from this story from the Bakersfield Californian:

A 35-year-old Lamont man died Sunday after being stabbed in the leg by a sharp blade that was attached to a fighting bird, authorities said.

Jose Luis Ochoa was taken to Delano Regional Medical Center shortly after Tulare County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a reported cockfight near in the intersection of Avenue 24 and Road 128, about three miles north of the Kern County line and west of Highway 99.

Ochoa was no stranger to the sport, reported the Californian:

Ochoa, for one, had participated in cockfighting before Sunday. Last year he paid $370 in fines after pleading no contest to one count of owning or training an animal for fighting, according to Kern County Superior Court records.

In comparison, Goodwin said, a bettors’ pot can reach $10,000 even in a relatively small cockfight.

“The money adds up fast, and that’s why we need strong penalties,” Goodwin said. “For a law to be a deterrent, the penalty has to be greater than the gain of breaking the law.”

While cockfighting is a felony in many nearby states, in California, it is only a misdemeanor.

California is an “attractive destination” to people involved in cockfighting, Goodwin said, especially considering nearby states like Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico punish the crime as a felony.

“We have seen a steady stream of activity in states with weaker laws,” Goodwin said.

UK based  London-based Daily Mail reported that a man in India was killed last month when a fighting cock slashed his throat.

Of course, normally, it is the animals that suffer and die for the pleasure and excitement of the humans who organize these events.

 

 

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