Friday, January 21, 2011

Retribution and Sorrow

The following is a story of accidental retribution. A rooster in India resisted being forced back into the cock-fighting ring and slit his owner's throat.

As told in The Sun:

Indian police say the "dangerous rooster" is thought to have killed Singrai Soren after being forced back into the ring soon after his last fight.

The animal had emerged victorious, but witnesses said the victim died after the feathered fiend cut his throat with razor blades attached to its legs as he tried to immediately force it into another bout.

Villagers were warned not to approach the animal cops described as "an unknown rooster with black and red feathers".

Police want to find the bird to strip it of the deadly blades he killed with, but said with so many roosters matching his description the chances of catching him were slim.
A friend of the victim, named only as Dasai, said: "The rooster tried to get away from the ring several times but Soren tried to push him into the ring repeatedly.
"This upset him and he attacked."

The razor blades were attached to the rooster to fell opponents but sliced Soren's jugular vein instead.

Those around the ring only realised what had happened when blood started pouring out of him.

Dasai said roosters are used to an hour-long break between bouts.

He said: "Most masters are satisfied with the cash reward of £28 for every fight and a dead opponent to feast on but Soren seemed unsatisfied.

"He wanted him to go into the ring within a few minutes of his first fight and that is when the rooster began to complain."

Six days on, police suspect the prized rooster is being sheltered by a rival trainer keen to put the champion bird back in the ring.

It had notched up a four fight winning streak in the village of Mohanpur.
The bolds above are my own. 

Cock fighting is nothing unique to India.  In fact my own state of North Carolina has a huge problem with this.  What you see above is the vicious cruelty and unrelenting abuse these animals are subjected too.  Most consider roosters to be mean and to like fighting but they do not.  Even a "fighting" bird wants to get out.

I think the animal fighting sports are some of the worst abuses we humans do to animals. We make them into killers through our own brutality.  Their actions are mirrors of our own inner sickness.

I was lucky enough to spend time with a rescued rooster, my Napoleon.  This is how I think of them.

Napoleon came to us as an adult but he loved to be in my arms.  He would run and jump into my lap, snuggle down and fall asleep.  He would make little purr sounds and try to protect me just like Meg and Gertie.  He nearly died protecting them from a stray dog that came into our yard.

Yes, he was feisty and temperamental but he was loving and fun. I don't wish harm on anyone but I do hope that this rooster (who doesn't even get a name) finds some peace and freedom away from the brutality of the ring.  I hope it opens some eyes for the people involved there and in this whole group of sick participants around the world.

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