An illegal cockfighting ring has been uncovered on the Coast.
An illegal cockfighting ring has been uncovered on the Coast. Contributed: RSPCA

RSPCA destroys over 100 birds from Coast cockfighting ring

UPDATE, AUGUST 24: The RSPCA has confirmed that the roosters rescued from the SEQ cock-fighting syndicate, which included multiple raids across the Sunshine Coast, have been destroyed.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said over 100 roosters were put down as it was clear that there was no possibility of rehoming the birds.

"(The roosters were put down) because they're fighting birds and they can't mix in with other birds," he said.

"They've been bred to fight... tethered or in small cages for a very long time.

"It's sad they had to be put down."

None of the hens rescued from the raids have been destroyed, with Mr Beatty telling the Daily that things are looking much better for the female chickens.

"Most of the hens have already been rehomed," he said. 

The animal rights agency suspects that the SEQ cockfighting syndicate may be part of a much bigger picture, perhaps even with global ties.

"We believe that the people here are part of a much larger ring," Mr Beatty said. 

"It's a big one, there is no doubt about that.

"We do believe there were birds being exported into South East Asia."

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER, JULY 20: THE RSPCA has uncovered a cock-fighting ring on the Sunshine Coast.

RSPCA Queensland Inspectors yesterday executed 11 raids on properties throughout across Queensland.

One Sunshine Coast property and three Gympie properties were targeted in the sting.

Officers in the state-wide raids seized 186 fowl and various cock-fighting paraphernalia, including prohibited spurs which are attached to cock birds during fights.

 

Spurs worn on the bird's feet and other paraphernalia were seized in yesterday's sting.
Spurs worn on the bird's feet and other paraphernalia were seized in yesterday's sting. Contributed: RSPCA

The operation was the result of a major RSPCA investigation into illegal cock-fights and cock birds being imported and exported for the purpose of fighting.

RSPCA Qld Chief Inspector Daniel Young told the Daily the investigation is ongoing.

"We'd urge anyone who has any information to come forward," he said.

Properties in Cairns, Brisbane and Ipswich were also raided.



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