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Police Seek Public’s Help in Stopping Cockfighting

January 15, 2013, 11:55 AM HST
* Updated January 15, 12:07 PM
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The police department is asking for the public’s help in its efforts to stop cockfighting.

The illegal activity, which involves attaching razor-sharp blades, also known as gaffs, to the legs of roosters which usually fight to the death or until severely wounded, usually runs from Thanksgiving through the July 4 weekend.

Police are encouraging the public to report any information about scheduled fights, their locations or people involved to Det. Chad Taniyama at 326-4646 in West Hawaii or Lt. Burt Shimabukuro at 961-2253 in East Hawaii.

Those participating in cockfighting are subject to arrest for cruelty to animals, gambling and possession of gambling records.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 326-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo. They may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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