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May 28, 2020 - Examiner Enterprise

Prosecution sought for alleged Oklahoma exporters of cockfighting birds

Prosecution sought for alleged Oklahoma exporters of cockfighting birds
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Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has sent emails to federal and state prosecutors in eastern Oklahoma asking them to investigate allegations that game fowl breeders within their jurisdictions are among the leading exporters of roosters to Guam for the purpose of cockfighting.

"The Eastern District is fraught with individuals who have been involved in the global trafficking and fighting of birds," said Edmondson, who represents several animal rights groups. "It is a felony under state and federal law to buy, sell, deliver or own any bird with the intent that such bird shall engage in a cockfight, and that's clearly what we're seeing."

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