Cockfight rooster kills owner with knife
A rooster fitted with a three-inch knife ahead of a brutal cockfight killed his owner by slashing his groin in India.
The bird sliced the 45-year-old as it struggled to break free from his grasp before an illegal fight.
The man died from blood loss as he was rushed to hospital in the rural village of Lothunur in India’s southern Telangana state.
The blade was strapped to one of the bird’s legs ahead of the fight on the grounds of a temple.
Every year, thousands of roosters die during cockfights and strapping knives to their legs is not unusual.
Last year, a man died after a rooster’s blade sliced his neck as he carried the petrified animal to a fight in the south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh.
His death sparked a police investigation and hunt for at least 15 other people involved in the illegal cockfighting event last Tuesday.
Police seized the animal and kept it at a local police station before sending it to a chicken farm.
One animal-loving constable has even been assigned to ensure the rooster’s wellbeing, reported the New Indian Express.
B Jeevan, a local police officer, said others involved in the event could face charges of manslaughter, illegal betting and hosting a cockfight. Jeevan called it a “freak accident”.
The cruel so-called sport has been banned in India since 1960, but the fights are held in rural areas such as Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Odisha states.
In December, police smashed an alleged elaborate cockfighting syndicate with 71 cockerels saved and 35 men arrested at a property south of Sydney.
Detectives and RSPCA inspectors raided a rural property at Camden Valley Way in Catherine Field where they allegedly uncovered a designated cockfighting area, several large sheds used to house the fighting cockerels as well as metal spikes, spurs and other cockfighting paraphernalia.
Officers also seized $107,170 in cash following a lengthy probe into animal cruelty in Sydney’s southwest.
A police chief in the Philippines was killed in a freak accident while trying to seize evidence at an illegal cockfight last October. A sharp blade attached to the bird cut an artery in his leg, officials said.
In 2017, officers broke up a cockfighting ring at a home in Ilford, east London. Horrified police discovered a blood-soaked arena where the birds fought to the death.
Five men and a 16-year-old boy were banned from keeping birds for life after they were convicted of hosting the fight.
Ten cockerels and two hens were seized and placed into RSPCA care.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission