Man Killed At Cockfight By Razor Tied To Rooster

A 55-year-old man has been killed after attending an illegal cockfight event.

Local media reported that Saripalli Venkateswara Rao was standing near the cockfight arena in southern India when he was slashed by the rooster.

An organiser at the illegal event had been handling the rooster when it wriggled free of their grasp and slashed Rao, inflicting him with a deep wound which later resulted in his death.

Cockfighting is a popular and common sport in the coastal state of Andhra Pradesh and is known to be linked to the Hindu festival of Sankranti.

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Cockfighting is illegal in India under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act 1960, however, the enforcement of the ban has been lackadaisical.

According to animal welfare organisation People For The Ethical Treatment For Animals (PETA) roosters are bred and conditioned to fight from an early age. Breeders often dispose of roosters who aren't 'game' or up to fighting, keeping only the strongest ones for themselves.

Roosters are fed a protein-rich diet and are trained by sparring with each other, local law enforcement have even found performance enhancing drugs during raids.

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Roosters have long razors attached to their legs to inflict maximum damage to one another. A cockfight is won when one of the roosters is killed or mortally wounded.

In some instances, roosters have their spurs -- which are a bony protrusion and their natural weaponry on the back of their legs -- cut off and replaced with artificial weaponry.

Local media reported that this cockfight had taken place in one of 500 different rings in two different districts in the state of Andhra Pradesh. 

Police had been monitoring the situation using drones and proceeded to arrest 313 individuals tied to the events taking place across the state, seizing hundreds of birds and knives as well as gambling assets and equipment.