Oklahoma game-fowl farms are the top shippers of cockfighting birds to Guam

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Animal Wellness Action President Wayne Pacelle reports that three of the top five exporters of gamecocks to Guam are based in the state of Oklahoma.

Pacelle is quoted in an article posted on the frontier.org website.

Oklahoma is one of the largest exporters of game fowl used in illegal cockfights in the country, even though the state made cockfighting and the possession of cockfighting birds illegal 20 years ago, states the article citing the animal rights group.

“Oklahoma cockfighters have shipped thousands of birds to Guam in recent years,” states Pacelle in a news release highlighting The Frontier story. “Both the exporters from Oklahoma and importers on Guam are committing felony-level crimes, and we are sharing information about this illegal conduct with the relevant authorities on both ends of this illegal trade.”

READ the release from Animal Wellness Action in FULL below:

The Animal Wellness Action investigation into cockfighting on Guam has reached back into the states

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The trove of live-animal shipping records obtained by the organization from the Guam Department of Agriculture had revealed nearly 9,000 birds shipped from other parts of the U.S. to Guam over a three-year period for cockfighting. Using this data, Animal Wellness Action and the Animal Wellness Foundation have started to unwind this data and expose illegal cockfighters in the United States. AWA and AWF, based on Guam shipping records and other investigative actions, believes that Oklahoma is the state with the most rampant illegal cockfighting on the mainland. It has worked with an Oklahoma-based investigative reporter and exposed some of the key players in the global cockfighting trade based from the Midwest state. 

Clifton Adcock’s story in The Frontier makes it abundantly clear that these birds were shipped for cockfighting and for no other purpose.

“Oklahoma cockfighters have shipped thousands of birds to Guam in recent years, said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action. “Both the exporters from Oklahoma and importers on Guam are committing felony-level crimes, and we are sharing information about this illegal conduct with the relevant authorities on both ends of this illegal trade.”