12 Mart 2012 Pazartesi

Rooster Protectors? Not So Much

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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 11 March 2012)

Denizli police mounted an operation the night before last after getting a tip
that cock fights were being held at the Denizli Rooster and Winged Animals
Protection and Sheltering Association. When the police broke down the door
of the association they found a large group of people watching a cock fight.
It was determined that people coming from Izmir, Aydın, Manisa and
Burdur put down money for bets on the cock fights.

Police determined that electric shocks were applied to the roosters before
the matches to make them fight better. Needles, strings and pain relieving
medicines used on the roosters were also found. Police rescued wounded
roosters kept in sacks and took association chief Ö.O., his son A.O., S.G.,
and 126 spectators into custody. All those arrested were fined 169TL
each under the Misdemeanor Law. 19 injured roosters were turned over
to the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Provincial Directorate.

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