Record seizure of 540 fighting roosters in Sydney south-west cockfighting ring bust

RSPCA NSW and NSW Police have seized more than 540 roosters as investigations continue into the activities of an illegal cockfighting syndicate in Sydney’s south-west. 

This is the largest seizure of fighting roosters ever executed by RSPCA NSW.

Over 540 roosters, cockerels and pullets, as well as cockfighting paraphernalia, were located at a property in Horsley Park following the execution of a search warrant by NSW Police yesterday (Thursday 11 March 2021) at 11 a.m. 

RSPCA NSW inspectors caught and transported over 80 birds from the property yesterday afternoon to the Sydney Shelter and to emergency accommodation off-site.

Operations to safely remove the remaining animals will continue today (Friday 12 March 2021).

A man was detained by police, and spoken to at the property, before being released.  

This follows the seizure of 71 fighting cockerels from a property at Camden Valley Way in Catherine Field on Sunday 13 December 2020, which uncovered a designated cockfighting area and several large sheds used to house fighting birds, as well as metal spikes, spurs and other cockfighting paraphernalia.

Images and footage of the seizure available here.