Guardia Civil has arrested a 37 year old man and 45 others involved in organized cockfights in a warehouse in the Valencia province
The arrests came after a tip from outraged residents of the neighborhood. The arrested will now be prosecuted for illegal activity and aggravated animal abuse.
When the Guardia Civil arrived at the scene they found one dead rooster and 17 seriously injured roosters which they had to euthanize onsite. The Venue, located in an industrial area in Guadassuar just south of Valencia, had sophisticated installations for this activity. It was an arena with four rows of seats and room for 300 spectators, in addition, there were large metal cages where roosters were placed to become provoked before fighting.
Guardia Civil also seized 14,500 euros in cash during the razzia. According to the sources most of the spectators came from the Valencia area, but some had traveled from the Balearic Islands. The roosters were transported to the area in large vans that can accommodate several cages with roosters.
It is not the first time police have arrested organizers of cockfights in the Valencia area. Yet it was recently decided that these crimes can not be punished by imprisonment. Guardia Civil has conducted surveillance of illegal cockfights since last November during an operation with the speaking name “Kiriki”.
Facts about cockfights
Cock fights is a sport where two roosters fight each other. The result of the battle is often that one of roosters dies. The audience will have the opportunity to bet on who wins. Cock fights is considered the world’s oldest ‘sports entertainment’, the first confirmed cock fights took place 6,000 years ago in Persia.
Cock fights are common in many parts of the world, particularly in South America and Asia. In Europe and the US cockfights are strictly prohibited except for parts of France and parts of Spain.
In Spain cock fights are permitted in Andalusia and the Canary Islands, but only in the municipalities where it traditionally always has existed.