A man has been killed by his chicken who cut his neck with a blade tied to its claws while they were on their way to an illegal cockfight.
The Indian man, Saripalli Chanavenkateshwaram Rao, 50, who was a father of three was rushed to the hospital after his chicken attacked and cut his neck with a blade attached to its claws. He later died of stroke, Police said.
The man who was a regular at the cockfight was on his way to enter the chicken in a competition when it tried to break free, station house officer Kranti Kumar said.
Rao lived in Pragadavaram village in southern India’s Andhra Pradesh state.
Cockfighting has been illegal in India since 1960. However, animal fighting continues to be a problem in the country, according to Gauri Maulekhi, trustee for India’s People for Animals foundation.
“The offenses have been made very clear and explained to the district and state authorities, but they choose to turn a blind eye towards it. It is not just for entertainment that these animals are made to fight, but it is (also) due to the heavy betting and gambling that goes on in the garb of these events,” Maulekhi said.
Kumar said the local cockfight went ahead without any arrests.