No medical research in South Texas cockfighting

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Five people have been arrested after a raid on a South Texas cockfighting ring and claims that the bird battles were for medical research.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino on Tuesday said there’s no evidence to support medical research and cockfighting. Trevino says a landowner and renter plus several organizers face state jail charges over the illegal cockfights and could be arraigned Wednesday.

Deputies on Saturday targeted a warehouse near Edinburg where cockfights drew about 100 spectators. The owners allegedly told deputies that the rooster fights were legal and for medical research.

Some observers fled but deputies nabbed more than 50 people and cited them on misdemeanor charges of being a spectator at a cockfight.

Deputies seized cockfighting equipment, 21 rooster carcasses and took 78 live birds to a shelter.

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