D.A. combats cockfighting with undercover video, $5,000 reward
The San Bernardino County district attorney's office went multimedia in its efforts to combat cockfighting.
The district attorney's office released a video about the illegal blood sport in which roosters with blades strapped to their feet fight to the death. The six-minute video includes "undercover footage" of cockfighting matches provided by the Humane Society of the United States.
The video posts an offer of a $5,000 reward by the Humane Society to those who report cockfighting.
The district attorney's office has prosecuted 43 cockfighting cases in San Bernardino County in the last year. Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, but California is one of 11 states where it is a misdemeanor rather than a felony.
"One of the ways that a society should be judged is by how they treat their animals. I truly believe that," San Bernardino County Dist. Atty. Michael Ramos said in the video.
-- Abby Sewell