The founding of the NOPG was inspired by an injustice spurred by the ASPCA and overzealous government prosecutors who targeted Tommy Carrano, a gamefowl breeder whose Farm was and is registered with the New York state department of agriculture in Upstate New York. As a favor to a fellow member of the New York Gamefowl Breeders Association (NYGBA) who needed someone to care for his birds while he sought new homes for them, Mr. Carrano, took in one gamefowl rooster and several hens in what he thought was a temporary arrangement. Unknown to Mr. Carrano his “friend” was under criminal investigation in the Bronx by law enforcement and the ASPCA. Because Mr. Carrano’s had some of the man’s birds in his possession, his farm was subsequently raided by the ASPCA, USDA and a Bronx P.D. detective who drove 7 hours to participate in the raid. During the course of the raid, his fowl were confiscated, incubating eggs were destroyed, and his prize gamefowl were moved to a cramped, inadequate ASPCA holding facility where half of them perished. Mr. Carrano’s gamefowl which survived the ASPCA facility were later returned in deplorable condition. Mr. Carrano was charged, and tried in a New York City court, which forced him to drive long distances to participate in his own defense. After a five-day jury trial, was convicted on one count of conspiracy against the animal welfare act and was sentenced to a 14-month sentence in federal prison. Mr. Carrano was released after serving 12 months of his sentence, and is currently serving out a three-year probation. Inspired by this injustice, the NOPG was formed to educate the public about historic gamefowl breeds of chickens, and to deepen understanding about these unique and beautiful birds that have been around for thousands of years.
Our goal is to save gamefowl from extinction, and to save the public from the
ignorance and misinformation that has proven harmful to gamefowl and their