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CBP Officers Seize Rooster Blades at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge

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Rooster blades, commonly used in cockfighting, seized by CBP officers at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas. USCBP Image
Rooster blades, commonly used in cockfighting, seized by CBP officers at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas. USCBP Image

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LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers assigned to the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge seized prohibited rooster blades used for illegal cockfighting.

“Cockfighting is an inhumane, age-old practice that is primarily associated to other illegal activities such as gambling and trafficking,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP aims to prevent these acts of animal cruelty with this seizure, which aides in the protection and welfare of these animals.”

The seizure occurred on Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a Ford E350 for a secondary inspection. Following a physical inspection of the vehicle, six packages containing a total of 96 rooster blades were discovered within the drivers’ personal belongings.

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These blades are illegal in the U.S. under Title 7 U.S. Code 2156 that states the buying, selling, delivering, or transporting sharp instruments for use in animal fighting ventures is prohibited.

CBP seized the merchandise and issued a $500 penalty on the driver for attempting to transport a prohibited item.

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