Director sees no need to change inspections of imported game fowl

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Chelsa Muna-Brecht, the director of the Guam Department of Agriculture, says she sees no need to change the way her department inspects incoming shipments of game fowl from the mainland into Guam.

Chelsa Muna-Brecht, the director of the Guam Department of Agriculture, says her position remains the same — she sees no need to change the way her department inspects incoming shipments of game fowl from the mainland into Guam.

Animal Wellness Action recently sent a follow-up letter to Muna-Brecht calling on her to reconsider her decision not to enforce the federal ban on the shipment of cockfighting birds to Guam.

The animal rights group cites the department’s own records which they say show that many of the gamefowl shipped to Guam is coming from known cockfighting breeders in the states.

AWA founder Wayne Pacelle cited federal law which prohibits the shipment of fighting birds.

However, Muna-Brecht says she has been advised by legal counsel that her department is doing nothing wrong and the governor’s office agrees with her position.

“Our response has been the same. We’ve said from the beginning we’re following all federal rules, regulations, and laws and we will continue to do so,” she said.

Pacelle, in his most recent appeal to Muna-Brecht, warned that GovGuam faces the possibility of civil or criminal actions brought by the federal government against the Department of Agriculture’s current practice of allowing in shipments of game fowl from known breeders of cockfighting birds.

But Muna-Brecht said if Pacelle has evidence of illegal shipments he should bring it to the attention of the proper authorities for prosecution.

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