A Moment before the Fight was Over:
Ministry of Agriculture inspectors uncovered a farm raising cocks for cock fights
The suspicion: Violation of the animal cruelty prevention law, including: illegal cock fights, prolonged neglect and substandard living conditions • The cocks have been sent for further treatment at the Ministry of Agriculture care facility
Acting upon intelligence about suspected cock fights, the inspectors of the Central Investigation and Enforcement Unit (PITZUACH) at the Ministry of Agriculture uncovered a farm in the Brenner Regional Council where cocks of a special breed unnown in Israel were being raised. The cocks were kept in substandard conditions, suffered neglect without any water supply, crowded in small, filthy cages. The cocks bore signs of injury on their bodies, which immediately raised the Ministry of Agriculture inspectors’ suspicion that cock fights were being held on the farm.
An initial investigation has concluded that the owners of the cocks are Thai foreign laborers, who caged the cocks to entertain themselves with cock fights. The origin of the fowl remains unknown and the suspicion is that foreign laborers smuggle in the eggs, incubate them and thereby bring up the “next generation” of cocks for these fights. The main fear is that, besides the cruelty to the animals, they might spread diseases since these cocks are completely unsupervised. All the cocks have been transferred to a protected facility belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture. Legal proceedings have been initiated against the suspects.
Roee Kliger, manager Central Investigation and Enforcement Unit (PITZUACH) בMinistry of Agriculture: "As a rule, the Ministry of Agriculture considers enforcement of the animal cruelty prevention law to be of the utmost importance and any such case is regarded with the greatest severity, especially when the animals are raised for entertainment. Therefore, the Ministry inspectors work non-stop to enforce the law on animal cruelty violations, and will do everything possible to put their hands on anyone violating the law. They will be subjected to the most severe punishment allowed by law. This way, we will hopefully eradicate such abuses”.
The Ministry of Agriculture wishes to remind the public to continue to report activities suspected of constituting cruelty to animals to the Central Investigation and Enforcement Unit (PITZUACH) at the Ministry of Agriculture, which is available 24/7 at *9096.