Police confiscate four fighting birds

Fuerza Pública officers doubted that southern zone residents were taking chickens out for a Sunday drive.

In fact, the four birds had all the marks of animals going to a chicken-fighting competition. So the animals were confiscated and turned over to the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal.

In fact, the Servicio workers had gotten a tip about a proposed chicken fight. Such illegal activities sometimes are raided. There really is no secret where the events are held, and a number of Costa Ricans raise birds for such contests.

Fighting birds are part of the Latin tradition, and betting is heavy at these contests.

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