AWF probe finds gamefowl trafficking between mainland, Guam

The non-profit organizations obtained live-animal shipping records showing more than 500 illegal shipments of fighting birds

Cockfighters from the U.S. mainland made more than 500 illegal transports of fighting birds to customers on Guam, according to an analysis by the Animal Wellness Foundation and Animal Wellness Action of 2500 pages of live-animal shipping records obtained from the territorial Department of Agriculture.

The records reveal the illegal trafficking of nearly 9,000 birds to Guam alone in 33-month period -- translating into an illegal shipment, on average, every other day.

Five exporters, including three from Oklahoma, accounted for more than 50 percent of the 8,800 birds sent to Guam.

As a follow up to that startling analysis of approved veterinary inspection records for live-bird imports, AWF and AWA today requested that Guam Agriculture Director Chelsa Muna-Brecht revamp the live-animal clearance process.