A rooster that had been fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight has killed its owner in southern India.
New Delhi (CNN) An Indian man has died after a tussle with his rooster — on their way to a cockfight.
Saripalli Chanavenkateshwaram Rao, 50, was hit in the neck with a blade tied to the rooster’s claw on January 15.
A police spokesman told CNN the father of three was taken to hospital, where he later died from a stroke. Rao, who lived in Pragadavaram village in southern India’s Andhra Pradesh state, was a regular at local cockfights, and was on his way to enter the rooster in a competition when it tried to break free, station house officer Kranti Kumar said.Cockfighting has been illegal in India since 1960.
However, animal fighting continues to be a problem in the country, according to Gauri Maulekhi, trustee for India’s People for Animals foundation.
“The offenses have been made very clear and explained to the district and state authorities, but they choose to turn a blind eye towards it. It is not just for entertainment that these animals are made to fight, but it is (also) due to the heavy betting and gambling that goes on in the garb of these events,” Maulekhi said.
The killer rooster was briefly held at the local police station earlier this week before it was sent to a poultry farm.
Kumar said the local cockfight went ahead without any arrests.
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