On 15 January, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a national network of underground animal breeders annually smuggles thousands of live roosters to Guam, where the birds are worth a fortune in the Pacific island’s bustling but illegal cockfighting trade, according to reports.  The lucrative black-market enterprise reportedly fetches up to $2,000 per bird.  Shipping records show 9,000 fighting roosters were mailed to Guam from 12 U.S. states between September 2000 and November 2017.  North Carolina cracked down on the cockfighting trade more than decade ago – in 2005 it made cockfighting a lower-level felony; beforehand the animal fights were considered a misdemeanour offence, and in Guam a federal ban on cockfighting took effect in late 2019.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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