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Jan 29, 2008

Manila - Animal rights activists on Tuesday picketed the venue of an international cockfighting derby in the Philippines, calling for a ban on the "cruel blood sport." The demonstrators from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were led by one member dressed in a yellow chicken costume. They held banners that read "Small Men Hurt Little Birds. Ban Cockfighting!"

"While other countries have banned cockfighting or are cracking down on the cruel bloody sport, the Philippines' image is being tainted internationally for allowing animals to be tortured in the name of sport," PETA said in a statement.

It noted that hundreds of chickens would be maimed and killed during the World Slasher Cup, a bi-annual event in the Philippines that draws entries from around the world.

Billed as the world's biggest derby, the event kicked off on Tuesday, with a record 160 entries from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Japan and the Philippines.

The group lamented that the "odds are stacked heavily against the birds" during such events.

"In organized cockfights, the birds' spurs are cut off and replaced with razor-sharp blades and there's no escape from the pit," it said. "Fights are to the death or near death. The exhausted and often maimed 'winners' are usually left to die in misery after a fight."

"There's no place for such outdated and cruel spectacles as the cockfight in modern society," PETA said. "Tradition has never been a good excuse for savage cruelty."

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