RSPCA Victoria and Victoria Police have uncovered an alleged cockfighting operation in Brimbank.
RSPCA Victoria inspectors seized from a Brimbank property birds they say appear to have been groomed for cockfighting.
Cockfighting implements were discovered, with investigators believing the birds had been trained to fight wearing spurs.
RSPCA Victoria head of inspectorate Terry Ness said it was sad to see such barbaric activities still occurring.
“While all those involved in this investigation were pleased with the outcome, it is a shocking reality that cockfighting continues in Victoria,” he said.
“We’re saddened to report that cockfighting is still happening in the community … we hope cases like this one will discourage people from participating in such a barbaric activity.”
Cockfighting is illegal in Australia, as is possession of equipment designed for cockfighting. Keeping, using or assisting in the management of premises for the purpose of causing animals to fight can carry a two-year jail term and a maximum fine of $82,610.
Possession of cockfighting implements such as spurs carries a maximum fine of $3304.
A quantity of drugs was also uncovered while inspectors executed the warrant.
A 60-year-old Sunshine West man has been charged with trafficking and possessing a drug of dependence (methylamphetamine) and has been bailed to appear at Sunshine Magistrates Court on December 5.
RSPCA Victoria requests that anyone with information relating to cockfighting in Victoria reports it via rspcavic.org/services/inspectorate/report-types or by calling 9224 2222.