A staggering 7,000 birds, valued to be worth up to several million dollars, were seized on Monday during what authorities believe to be the largest cockfighting bust in the United States. Sadly though, as they are not suitable for adoption, the confiscated roosters and hens had to be humanely killed.

“There is no sanctuary for fighting birds,” Don Barre, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, told The Signal. “This is because they are very aggressive and cannot be housed with any other chickens. Even the hens would attack other hens. These are not pets.”

Cockfighting paraphernalia including mobile fighting pits and a shotgun were also found at the scene as were syringes and steroids, which are often used to make the birds bigger and stronger.

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7,000 Birds Seized During Largest Cockfighting Bust In California