Animal Wellness Action Says Animal Rights Group Is Right About Atoka County Cockfighting Collusion

Oklahomans must insist to law enforcement that their job is to enforce all laws, including those against cockfighting.

Groups claim Atoka County Sheriff Tony Head in southeastern Oklahoma was in violation by not enforcing the state’s anti-cockfighting law

Our intelligence services report that Sheriff Head and his team were well aware of the fighting in this small town and did nothing but protect those involved in this form of organized crime.

—Wayne Pacelle, President, Animal Wellness Action

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, USA, July 15, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Wayne Pacelle, President of Animal welfare actionposted a comment on animal welfare group SHARK’s allegations that Atoka County Sheriff Tony Head in southeastern Oklahoma was in violation by failing to enforce the anti- state cockfighting.

“Animal Wellness Action has acted on multiple tips about illegal cockfighting activities in Stringtown, Atoka County for two years. After conducting inquiries to confirm the information provided to us, we notified Sheriff Head and his deputies of the upcoming cockfights, including location, time and even entry fees for the cockfights. roosters. Not once has his office taken action to ban the fight, even though he has sworn to abide by Oklahoma law. Our intelligence services report that he and his team were well aware of the fighting in this small town and did nothing but protect those involved in this form of organized crime.

In 2020, the AWA and the Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF) announced the results of a major investigation showing a major cockfighting industry operating openly in the state. Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, co-chair of the National Law Enforcement Council of Animal Wellness Action, provided evidence to three U.S. prosecutors in Oklahoma regarding 21 people operating major cockfighting complexes in the ‘State.

This cache of information includes 13 videos made by a Philippine-based broadcaster featuring Oklahoma-based cockfighters who marketed their birds to sell to other cockfighters around the world. The AWA has documented that two cockfighters — one in LeFlore County and the other in Haskell County — shipped 5,000 birds to Guam for illegal cockfighting activities in violation of federal law. .

In 2022, Oklahoma Rep. Justin Humphrey, whose district includes Atoka County, introduced HB 3283 to override our anti-cockfighting law penalties. His bill sought to decriminalize the training and possession of birds to control them. This bill failed to pass the House and subsequently died, as did a later effort to weaken Rep. Humphrey’s law.

When Oklahoma voters approved the anti-cockfighting law in 2002, they did so on the recommendation of, among others, Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe. The Oklahoma Supreme Court obeyed the law as constitutional in a unanimous decision after the Roosters challenged it. For several years, lawmakers then rejected a series of bills aimed at weakening the law and embarrassing the state by attempting to legalize an activity that most states banned in the 1800s.

Law enforcement authorities often find that animal fighting is directly linked to other crimes, such as drug trafficking, illegal gambling, gang violence, public corruption and other crimes. other forms of extreme animal cruelty and human-to-human violence.

Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(4) organization whose mission is to help animals by promoting legal standards prohibiting cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of pets, farm animals and wildlife. We advocate for policies to end dog and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to combat factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we encourage good public policies and work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we need to elect good legislators, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our problems and which don’t. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation is a private, charitable organization based in Los Angeles whose mission is to help animals by making veterinary care available to everyone who has a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless animals find a loving caregiver. We believe in bringing veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promote responsible pet ownership; and vaccination of animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and alleviate suffering. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

The Center for a Human Economy is a non-profit organization that aims to influence the conduct of business to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal welfare movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and environmental degradation and embrace innovation as a means to eliminate both .

WAYNE PACELLE
ANIMAL WELFARE ACTION
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