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Criminal arrest in Colorado has ties to Minnesota

Posted in Crime Prevention March 18th, 2008 @ 11:40 am

On March 16, 2008 Colorado State Troopers arrested four men after a traffic stop for animal fighting, a Class 5 felony in the state of Colorado. Authorities in Colorado said that the roosters were intended for cockfighting in Minnesota.

The men were transporting 27 live roosters from California to Minnesota. The four men from St. Paul were 23-year-old Dang Vang, 21-year-old Billy Thao, 24-year-old Sieng Vang and 24-year-old Ma Vang. A Minneapolis animal welfare advocate said that this arrest is a sign that the illegal blood sport remains alive and well in the Twin Cities.

Cockfighting is legal in many countries including Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Asia and Central America, however, cockfighting is not legal in the U S. Immigrants from those countries who live in the U.S. bring this underground contest in which roosters often fed aggression-enhancing drugs and outfitted with metal spurs, fight, sometimes to the death.

Under Minnesota law, participating in cockfights and possessing birds to do so are felonies, but possessing the implements for a fight, such as a ring, is legal. The Humane Society of the United States ranks Minnesota the 17th toughest state for laws against cockfighting

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