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Animal abuse in Spanish-breed fighting cocks (Gallus gallus domesticus)

Investigation article published in Forensic Science International

December 1st, 2022

Cockfighting is illegal both in the European Union and the United States, although fighting cock husbandry and breed preservation are allowed. Here, we describe the pathological findings observed in the carcasses of two Spanish-breed fighting cocks submitted to our laboratory after an animal abuse-suspected death. The postmortem examination revealed these cocks may have been used for cockfighting (comb, ear lobes, wattles, and chest feather removal; and trimmed spurs). The severe extensive hemorrhages observed in the cervical region of both birds, affecting C1-C4 in bird No. 1 and C8-C11 in No. 2, suggested cervical dislocation in a non-professional manner. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of abuse in a Spanish-breed fighting cock. The aim of this paper is to contribute to the identification of animal abuse cases in avian species which may lead to successful prosecutions in Spain and elsewhere




Rebollada A., Barcena C., Barreno-San Antolin L., Pizarro M., Dominguez L. and Rodriguez-Bertos A..




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Animal abuse in Spanish-breed fighting cocks (Gallus gallus domesticus)





Participants:

Universidad ComplutenseServicio de Patología y Veterinaria Forense (SAP). Centro de Vigilancia Sanitaria Veterinaria (VISAVET). Universidad Complutense (UCM).

Universidad ComplutenseDepartamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal. Facultad de Veterinaria. Universidad Complutense (UCM).

Universidad ComplutenseDepartamento de Sanidad Animal. Facultad de Veterinaria. Universidad Complutense (UCM).







Forensic Science International
FACTOR YEAR Q
2.676 2021

NLMID: 7902034

ISSN: 0379-0738



TITLE: Animal abuse in Spanish-breed fighting cocks (Gallus gallus domesticus)


JOURNAL: Forensic Sci.Int.


NUMERACIÓN: 2:100050


AÑO: 2022


PUBLISHER: Elsevier


AUTHORS: Rebollada A., Barcena C., Barreno-San Antolin L., Pizarro M., Dominguez L. and Rodriguez-Bertos A..


VISAVET PARTICIPANTS


First
Agustín Miguel Rebollada Merino
2nd
Carmen Bárcena Asensio
5th
Lucas Domínguez Rodríguez
Last
Antonio Manuel Rodríguez Bertos

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsiae.2022.100050


CITE THIS PUBLICATION:

Rebollada A., Barcena C., Barreno-San Antolin L., Pizarro M., Dominguez L. and Rodriguez-Bertos A. Animal abuse in Spanish-breed fighting cocks (Gallus gallus domesticus). Forensic Science International. 2:100050. 2022. (A). ISSN: 0379-0738. DOI: 10.1016/j.fsiae.2022.100050


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