Animal Rights Group Plays Key Role in Bust of Cockfighting Ring

LITTLE ROCK, AR - More information is to be released today in Little Rock regarding last weekend's raid on a cockfighting ring in northwest Arkansas in which more than 70 people were arrested on gambling and animal cruelty charges.  Fifty more warrants are being served.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on May 19, about 150 law enforcement officers raided a crowded and very popular cockfighting arena near Van Buren.

The raid was the result of information provided by Last Chance for Animals (LCA), which is holding a news conference today in Little Rock to release more information about the raid, as well as video footage taken of the incident.

LCA says with cockfighting laws becoming more stringent in each state, specifically neighboring Oklahoma, the sport is ever-increasing in Arkansas, with large numbers of people crossing the state line to participate where misdemeanor charges and small fines only apply.

LCA is a national non-profit animal rights group based in Los Angeles.