Fowl Combat

They’re trained to kill. Some are fed steroids to increase their natural aggression. Most are outfitted with razor blades or icepick-like spurs. Tossed into rings, they slash each other bloody as crowds hoot and bet and goo oozes from punctured entrails and eyes. It’s cockfighting, illegal in all fifty states. Louisiana was the last holdout, until 2007. A cockfighting ring was busted in Livermore on January 13 when a witness reported a derby in progress. Of the seven men arrested, two lived in Livermore, three in Alameda, one in San Jose, another in Las Vegas. Law-enforcement officers found 450 fowl.

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