NEW ORLEANS -- According to the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 450 roosters and other birds were seized from an address in eastern New Orleans Wednesday, and a man was arrested and booked with felony cruelty charges as well as cockfighting.
According to LA/SPCA, "The birds are being catalogued and seized as evidence and will be housed at the LA/SPCA’s facility. Traditional cockfighting implements were also found on the property." The seizure occured at a location in the 14000 block of Chef Menteut Highway.
Trinh Tran, 47, of New Orleans, was arrested by police, according to LA/SPCA, and Tran's arrest follows an anonymous tip to the LA/SPCA reporting the operation and an investigation from the animal welfare organization. An addition 100-150 birds were also found on the property.
“Cockfighting is an inhumane practice where intentional pain is inflicted upon another living creature for the sake of barbaric entertainment, and any complaints of such activity are taken very seriously,” said Anna Zorrilla, CEO for LA/SPCA.
The state's cockfighting ban went into effect in August 2008, and for a first offense carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to six months in prison, while a second or third offense is a felony punishable by up to six months in prison at hard labor and a maximum fine of $2,000.
“Unfortunately the laws in Louisiana currently do not provide serious punishment, and this needs to be changed," Zorilla said.