Marty Irby, the executive director at Animal Wellness Action, released the following statement regarding the conviction of Jeffrey Justice Dale Williams on conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 34 kilograms of meth. At the time of arrest, law enforcement also discovered hundreds of brutalized animals and evidence of cock-fighting at his property:
“We applaud the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly K. Smith, and Judge Drew Tipton for bringing justice in this case, and hope to see more action brought by DOJ against cockfighters in the Palmetto State.
Just this week we’ve seen confirmation of New Castle disease in gamecock flocks on a global scale and Avian Influenza in at least 35 states in the U.S. this year. Congress can do more to help stamp out this cruelty by passing the Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act cosponsored by Rep. Nancy Mace. The spread of these diseases has wreaked havoc on commercial poultry flocks in the South Carolina in recent years and creates tremendous health risks.”
Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.