Frank Robert Huskisson appeared in at the Gympie Magistrates Court this morning. He was charged with four counts of the possession of spurs used for cockfighting under the Animal Care and Protection Act. Mr Huskisson was the President of the Oxford Game Fowl Breeders Association – and that this prosecution followed on from several recent successful prosecutions of the secretary of that same club, a former president, and another member – also for possession of spurs and spur caps.
He pleaded guilty and the result is listed below
$3,000 fine with 50% moiety to RSPCA
2 year prohibition order – fowl, other than as approved by RSPCA Chief Inspector
Prohibition order commences in one month to allow time for defendant to rehome his fowl
Disposal order for spurs and spur caps
$1,500 legal costs
$92.90 cost of summons
No conviction recorded
Magistrate Woodford noted that Huskisson was in possession of all the paraphernalia associated with cockfighting.
Cockfighting general information
Cock fighting is an event where two cock birds fight each other, often to the death, while spectators bet on the outcome. Cocks used in fighting often have their natural spurs removed. The cock birds wear ‘spurs’ which are sharp blades affixed to their legs. The spurs are used to injure the rival cock birds. Cockfights can last for hours and the birds suffer serious injuries and often death.
People involved in cock fighting usually have an array of items in their possession – including sparring mitts or spur caps and beak covers to protect their roosters from injury during practice fights or sparring, vitamins and supplements for building muscle mass and size, antibiotics for treating wounds, spurs for strapping onto the rooster’s legs for fighting, and records of fights.
Cock birds are usually kept on tethers which are often attached to ‘A Frame’ shelters, to build body strength and fight drive by exposing cocks to each other, but out of reach.
Cock fighting is a prohibited event pursuant to section 20 of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001, and participation or attendance at a prohibited event is an offence pursuant to section 21 of the Act.