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PALMA
THE Guardia Civil in Inca yesterday arrested a man suspected of having stolen 40 fighting cocks from a farm in Binissalem.
Guardia Civil chiefs said yesterday that there are an estimated 20'000 fighting cocks in Majorca despite cock fights being illegal.
Last year, the police raided a farm in Ariany where a barn had been converted into a giant cock fighting arena with a wide range of facilities including a bar. The police had been monitoring activities at the farm for months and apparently bets of as high as 3'000 euros were being waged on the fights. The Guardia Civil have an ongoing operation in force in an attempt to stamp out cock fighting on the island and this latest breakthrough is apparently the result of the operation. Many of the owners of fighting cocks and the people questioned and arrested in connection in the Ariany raid were from the drug-dealing shanty town of Son Banya on the outskirts of Palma.

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