Spain: 182 arrests for a “championship” illegal cock-fighting

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Some 182 people were arrested in Spain and nearly € 300,000 in cash seized during an operation against a “championship” illegal cock-fighting, announced on Monday the police.

Breeders of roosters who attended the rally Saturday in a village in the region of Murcia (south-east), “had equipped the animals with spurs metal or had administered drugs to increase their aggressiveness and their resistance,” said police in a press release.

The police have launched this operation after having had wind of the organization of the “national championship” of cock-fighting and estimated that about 200 people could attend. In 2011, the police had already arrested a hundred people in the same place for the same reason.

In addition to the 300 000 euros in cash from illegal betting and seized, the police also put the hand on 97 roosters living and 6 dead, performance-enhancing drugs, and 87 cannabis plants, she detailed.

In Spain, the criminal Code provides for sentences ranging from three months to a year in prison for the crime of animal abuse and up to a year and a half in case of death of the animal.

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