NYPD cops and ASPCA investigators rescued "about 70 roosters trained for the bloody bird battles . . . from the J&J Iron Work boiler repair garage on E. 184th St. in Fordham" as reported by the Daily News: "popular in places like Central America, the brutal bloodsport -- which pits cocks against each other in a fight to the death -- is illegal in 48 states including New York."
Cockfighting has been a long-existing problem in New York among a degenerate subculture which place wagers on the sick activity, and in January 1968 an informant advised the FBI about a large ring in the Bronx and Spanish Harlem:
Informant advised that in the last year a big gambling business has grown up around cock fights. The greatest activity is in the area of East 136th Street to East 158th Street, in the Bronx, and some in Spanish Harlem. The roosters are flown in from Puerto Rico. Five dollars admission is charged and they will handle all the gambling one wants. The fights are moved constantly. The area 157th Street and Cortland Avenue has been the most active lately. According to the informant thousands of dollars are bet on each fight and there are often three fights a day.
Boys should leave roosters alone, and abuse their own cocks!