Ind. Man Arrested After Story in Filipino Cockfight Magazine

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Indiana resident Edward "Wally" Clemons was arrested last week after authorities were tipped off by an interview he gave a Filipino magazine about his rooster breeding operation.

John Goodwin with the Humane Society of the United States said his organization discovered the operation after Clemons gave an interview Pit Games, a Filipino magazine dedicated to cockfighting, and reported it to the Indiana Gaming Control Division.

On the cover of issue #31, the magazine tells readers there’s a story inside about "Wally Clemons: The breeder from Indiana." The story details breeding for different styles — American, Filipino and Mexican. Goodwin said this is “industry-speak” for different fighting styles. Each style puts different types of blades on the animals’ feet for the fights.

About 200 total roosters were seized from Clemons’ home in Fairland, where he’s been breeding fighting birds for four years. Investigators said the animals didn’t fight on this farm. They were just raised here and then sold to people who would take them to other places like Southern Indiana and Kentucky, even other parts of the world to fight. Fighting birds can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 each.