Thai Police Bust Cockfighting Ring, Arrest Nearly 90

A Thai man plays with his fighting cocks near Bangkok in 2006. Thai police arrested 89 people late Monday on cockfighting charges, officials confirmed. Photo: NARONG SANGNAK

BANGKOK (DPA) — Thai police arrested 89 people late Monday on cockfighting charges, officials confirmed.

Acting on a tip-off, police moved in to a local residential area and arrested the men, who were participating in a cockfighting ring.

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Thais cheer at a cockfight in Chonburi province in 2010. [NARONG SANGNAK]

"We have 89 people in custody and removed 24 prized cocks," a spokesman for Din Daeng Police Station told dpa on Tuesday.

"We will not eat the chickens, we will transfer them to animal control."

The men will face charges of animal cruelty, illegal gambling as well as breaking Thailand's law against the widespread practice of cockfighting, according to the police official.

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