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Rooster fitted with blade for cockfight kills its owner in India | India

A rooster fitted with a knife for an unlawful cockfight in southern India has killed its owner, sparking a manhunt for the organisers of the occasion, police stated.

The fowl had a knife connected to its leg able to tackle an opponent when it inflicted critical accidents to the person’s groin because it tried to flee, officers stated. The person died from lack of blood earlier than he might attain a hospital in the Karimnagar district of Telangana state earlier this week, native police officer B Jeevan informed AFP.

The person was amongst 16 individuals organising the cockfight in the village of Lothunur when the freak accident passed off, Jeevan stated. The rooster was briefly held on the native police station earlier than it was despatched to a poultry farm.

A blade toed on a cock ahead of a cockfight in India
Blades are tied on the birds. Cockfights are banned however nonetheless frequent in rural areas of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Odisha states in India. {Photograph}: EPA

“We’re looking out for the opposite 15 individuals concerned in organising the unlawful battle,” Jeevan stated. They might face expenses of manslaughter, unlawful betting and internet hosting a cockfight.

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Cockfights are banned however nonetheless frequent in rural areas of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Odisha states – notably across the Hindu pageant of Sankranti. Specifically bred roosters have 7.5cm (3in) knives or blades tethered to their legs and punters wager on who will win the ugly battle. 1000’s of roosters die annually in the battles which, regardless of the efforts of animal rights teams, appeal to massive crowds.

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