Police bust up Atenas cockfight with 1,000 spectators

Fuerza Pública officers and the  Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal staged another raid over the weekend in Atenas as part of the continuing effort to crack down on cock fighting.

Officers said they found about 150 fighting birds and about 1,000 persons watching the competitions. Officer also said they confiscated alcohol, including beer. One woman spectator had a babe in arms.

The location was at a rural home, a quinta, in Barrio Mercedes de Atenas.

Two persons were found to be carrying firearms, and they were detained, said officers.

Police said they conducted a surprise raid, but with 1,000 persons in attendance, the location must have been common knowledge.

There is a long tradition in Latin countries and even in the United States for this type of blood sport.

The fighting birds are the main attractions but there is ample betting.

The sport is outlawed in most progressive jurisdictions.

Bird raisers take their work serious and compete for trophies.

Bird raisers take their work serious and compete for trophies.

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