Congressman Cleaver Praises Local Animal Shelter

Feb 14, 2014
Press Release

Comments come in the wake of one of the largest cases of its kind in U.S. history

Kansas City –– Authorities say the cockfighting bust recently in Upstate New York is one of the largest such cases in the country, involving more than 3,000 fighting roosters and spanning three counties in that state.

“Here at home, those who devote themselves to protecting God’s creatures, are rushing to the rescue,” said U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II. “Wayside Waifs in Kansas City is preparing to send a team to New York to care for these abused, injured, and mistreated animals that have been living in unbelievably deplorable conditions.”

Wayside Waifs is sending at least four members of its FEMA certified animal rescue team to help with the medical care, feeding, and overall treatment of the birds. They will also assist in cleaning and preparing larges areas so the animals can be safely housed. The organization is the largest no kill pet adoption campus in Kansas City.

There were at least six arrests in this New York case, and the investigation continues. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is also involved and thanking Wayside Waifs for their help and assistance.

The issue of animal cruelty is one Congressman Cleaver has been involved in for quite some time. Last year he cosponsored H.R. 366, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013.

“That legislation addresses this horrendous activity some call sport,” said Congressman Cleaver. “It makes it a federal offense to attend organized animal fights, with additional penalties for taking children to these types of events.”

The bill was added to the 2014 Farm Bill, which was recently signed into law by the President.

In cockfighting cases, authorities say knives and other dagger-like devices are typically attached to the birds, to increase the amount of injury during fights.

A spokesperson says the Wayside Waifs animal rescue team is scheduled to leave in the next couple of days.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee and also serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus.