The Last Meow

The Last Meow is dedicated to all the pets who died or became seriously ill due to the Menu Foods Pet Food Recall, and the fur siblings they left behind.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Animal Cruelty

A man from Louisiana has been charged with violating a new federal animal cruelty law by smuggling cockfighting weapons into the United States.

Joseph Marty Toralba was arrested at the Honolulu airport on Feb. 2 as he was returning from an international cockfighting derby in the Philippines. Authorities said customs officers found 263 gaffs - sharp knives that are tied to the birds' legs - hidden with portable gas stoves in cardboard boxes Toralba had checked in on the plane.

Toralba, a 39-year-old landscaper who has a 150-bird farm in Colfax, La., was indicted Thursday. His public defender, Shanlyn Park, didn't return a phone call seeking comment.

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