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NY: New York approves wiretaps to end animal fighting

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    New York approves wiretaps to end animal fighting

    By Kirstan Conley

    July 24, 2017 | 12:24am | Updated

    The fowl play in New York could be coming to an end as the battle against cockfighting goes high-tech.

    Law-enforcement agencies will be able to start using surveillance video and wiretaps on Monday to help capture gamblers who engage in the cruel practice of pitting animals each other against for entertainment and profit.

    The bloody and cruel sport of fighting roosters, dogs and other animals is illegal in New York and authorities have been aggressively attempting to round up those involved. But investigators weren’t able to get surveillance warrants for the crime — until legislators in Albany began crowing about it.

    “We must use every tool at our disposal to stamp out these despicable acts once and for all,” Gov. Cuomo said.

    The governor plans to sign a bill into law that will add animal fighting to the list of crimes that cops can monitor using video surveillance and eavesdropping.

    “This legislation will give law enforcement new powers to crack down on these rings, protect animals from harm and bring these criminals to justice,” Cuomo said.

    The governor also called animal fighting a “particularly cruel and heinous crime.”

    Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D – Long Island) sponsored the legislation and is determined to curb the practice — which fuels an underground industry that exploits birds, dogs and other animals.

    “Animal fighting fuels some of the most violent enterprises which corrupt our neighborhoods,” he said in a memo explaining the bill.

    Lavine added that some studies have estimated that the “games” create a billion-dollar underground economy.

    “Money is not only made by abhorrent wagers on the outcomes of fights, but also through the illicit breeding, marketing, trading and sale of dogs,” he explained.

    “Professional fighters will market the bloodlines of their winners, make money off of forced breeding sessions, whether successful or not, and sell litters as fast as they can be produced.”

    Promoters, trainers, breeders, sellers, veterinary workers and dark Web sites fuel the illegal enterprises across the state.

    Lawmakers cited a link between violence against animals and violence against people when passing the bill earlier this year.

    In addition, Lavine said takedowns of the rings often lead to seized guns and heroin, as well as women, children and pets who are rescued from the abusers.

    Sen. Phil Boyle, a Suffolk County Republican, agreed that animal abuse is often linked to other serious crimes.

    ”Law enforcement throughout the state has seen first-hand that vigorous investigations and prosecutions of animal fighting exposes gang networks, narcotics rings, weapons trafficking activity, and other sophisticated and violent criminal enterprises,” he said.
  2. c_note

    c_note CH Dog

    Big Brother flexing muscle......oooohh nooooo
  3. oakgrove

    oakgrove Premium Member Premium Member

    Another reason to never live in New York. No offense to people that already do.
  4. Saiyagin

    Saiyagin Chihuahua Premium Member

    I guess the crime rate and drugs must be very low in New York for them to be concentrating on animals. LMAO
    slim12 likes this.

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