Cockfighting ban takes effect Dec. 20

Cockfighting in Dededo

Cockfighters get their roosters ready for a fight in Dededo in this November 2017 file photo. Photo bby Pacific Island Times

Animal Wellness Foundation announces rewards system for information leading to prosecution of violators

Washington, D.C. - The Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF) and Animal Wellness Action (AWA) today announced a rewards program to run for an indefinite time that provides a $2,500 reward for any individual who provides critical information that results in a successful federal prosecution of an individual or set of individuals who violate the federal law against animal fighting.

The rewards program will concentrate on the U.S. territories, where cockfighting is explicitly outlawed starting on Dec. 20.

The reward program is mentioned on the new campaign website,, which will serve as a comprehensive resource about the issue and call citizens to action to help.

AWF urges citizens to send tips and other information to animalcrueltytips@animalwellnessa