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Ten New Fighting Cocks Happy and Healthy at VINE!

I wanted to let the world know — yet again — that YES, fighting cocks CAN be rehabilitated, YES, they can live happily and peacefully with other chickens, and YES, VINE continues to be the only established non-profit animal rights sanctuary who helps them recover from their ordeal.

Eight days ago, VINE took in 10 adult fighting cocks and four juveniles who were bred to be fighters from a bust that took place in New York a few months ago.

Here’s a link to the bust:  http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/09/family-run_cock-fighting_ring.

Eight days later, three of the fighters are free. That’s right. Free, as in wandering the many acres on the hill, mixing and mingling with the 50 other roosters who live up there, having a great time. The juveniles were free from day one, and are having a great time also. We anticipate the rest will be rehabbed within a few weeks.

It’s just that easy. I hesitate to go into more detail about the whole drama of fighting roosters because I have a hard time remaining rational when I do so. They live in the hands of those who are more powerful than they are, from the time they are born until the time they are killed (either by another rooster or by a human being). Sometimes — rarely — they are lucky enough to be rescued from their fates — but guess what? Most of the time, their rescuers kill them too, because no one will take a chance on these birds. The tiniest slimmest percentage of the time, their story ends with us (or with another very special place I’m hoping to talk more about one day).

We are thrilled that for now — right this very minute — ten former fighters and four potential fighters are sleeping peacefully in their coop. Tomorrow will be another chance for the seven who are still having trouble to come out, get close to some of the other birds, and continue to learn that they don’t have to fight to stay alive. The minute they get scared and fight, we will be there to take them back to safety where they can watch and learn that roosters really can get along with each other. Some day, that new lesson will override the one their previous masters taught them. They, too, will be free.

Please support the work that we do at VINE. We pick up where the rescuers leave off. Without our help, the roosters are usually killed as soon as a verdict is reached. With your help, we can continue to save these fighters for the rest of their lives — not just for a short while after they think they’ve been rescued.

7 comments to Ten New Fighting Cocks Happy and Healthy at VINE!

  • Nita Ostroff Tyson
    VERY nice accomplishment. I spoke with my sister (the organic chicken farmer). She is utterly amazed at what you have been able to accomplish. As you pointed out, there is general disbelief that this can be done.
  • Wen
    I tried to make a donation. But when I get to paypal, it lets me log in to my paypal account but doesn’t connect to you. Not sure if I’m expressing myself well here! It never gives me the option to donate to you.
  • bravebird
    Hey! Thank you for the thought as well as for the note — we are working to fix this and should have it repaired soon!!
  • bravebird
    In the meantime, though, if you get to your PayPal account, our “recipient” address is sanctuary@bravebirds.org. :-)
  • bravebird
    Thank you! I know, it’s crazy how people don’t think this can be done. We’ve been doing it for over a decade…..
  • Vegan Pets
    I know fighting cocks can be rehabbed because there are towns all over the U.S. (well, in Calif. and Fla. at least) where their flocks of wild chickens are part of the tourist attraction. If you look at this birds, they are obviously escaped gamefowl (aka fighting cocks & hens), not domestic chickens (who sadly would not be wily enough to survive in the wild). Anyway, you can look up in the trees at night and see the fighting birds– roos and hens alike– all roosting side by side up in the trees, like they’re best buddies. It’s pretty solid proof that roos taken from fighting rings and put into the right circumstances aren’t necessarily doomed to be uncontrollable killers. I don’t know why everyone else gives up on them so easily.
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