In America, cockfighting is illegal in all fifty states, and in 40 states it is considered to be a felony crime. However, the United States is still plagued with this cruel and thriving illegal industry.
Since ARM’s incorporation in 2010, it has executed 25 Animal fighting operations to date, including Operation El Traingulo. Other noteworthy undercover investigations include Operation Gallo and Operation Foghorn, both located in the State of Florida.
Cockfighting is viewed as a deathly spectator game sport, with exorbitant monetary gain and gambling aspects associated to it. It is a part of a seedy, underground world of debortuary, corruption and amongst all-egregious animal cruelty and felony criminal activity. From a humanitarian stand point, the animals are subjected to extremities of the quality of care which they receive. One day they are treasured as prized birds as they dual bloody battles, not only to win, but to ensure larger stakes of money and the day they lose, they are discarded ‘quite literally’ as trash.
About Operation El Triangulo:
In March of 2018, following long distance surveillance on a suspected cockfighting property in South Miami, ARM’s undercover agents gathered evidence to confirm its suspicions of the illegal operation, and entered the business under the guise of customers. The cock fighting operation, identified as Rancho El Triangulo, is located at 21303 SW 213th Avenue Rd, Miami, Florida 33187. The thriving operation is owned and controlled by a man in his fifties, known as Julio Cesar Nodar.
On days of the fights, attendees often escalate up to hundreds of attendees. Kept under a cloak of secrecy of the underground world of gambling and animal fighting, patrons drive up to a large gate and honk for assistance. Once cleared, they pay an entrance fee of $20 and are ushered inside to place bets on the fights, or prepare their own fighting birds. The busiest day of the week is a Saturday and scheduled fights take place between 1.30pm and approximately 7.00pm.
Throughout ARM’s investigations at Rancho El Triangulo, undercover operatives documented the average bet being placed on a fight as approximately $50 – $300 USD. The winning payout of a fight averaged at a payout purse of $1200 USD. The most prestigious money making fights are hosted and celebrated towards the end of the day when bigger crowds are drawn in and bets exceed $500 USD.
On site at Rancho El Triangulo, roosters are fought for 25 minutes in the ring. The fight ends when a rooster is over ruled, killed or when the 25 minute time period expires. Prior to the commencement of each fight, bets are placed between individuals watching the match. Throughout the fight, bets are placed and increased as the heat of the grueling fight escalates.
During the extensive undercover investigation, agents of ARM documented by the means of video footage, birds being prepared for fights with 3 inch spurs secured to their legs. During bloody fights the spurs inflict life threatening damage. When a roosters loses a fight and succumbs to its opponents victory, that animal is no longer deemed worthy and ARM investigators documented countless birds being tossed away into trash cans with broken bottles and food scraps strewn on top of them as they slowly expire from exhaustion and injuries.
Aside the criminal aspect of the animal fighting activity, there is also a cantina onsite that sells liquor, beer and food.
It should be noted that Rancho El Triangulo holds no business permits, including any permits which allows the legal sale of beer and liquor.
On June 19th 2018, ARM returned to Rancho El Triangulo during the height of the weeks busiest. day. Updates on the outcome of the day will be posted as they develop.
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