19 Men Busted in Canary Fight Ring

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 27, 2009 3:00 AM CDT
Canaries are increasingly being used for fighting instead of roosters because they're small, quieter and less smelly, according to cops.   (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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(Newser) – Police busted 19 men suspected of operating a canary fight ring in Connecticut, reports WFSB TV. Some 150 canaries and saffron finches were confiscated in Shelton. “There were 100 canaries fighting, and they were betting on them 'til they were dead. It’s absolutely shocking,” said a neighbor. Canaries are increasingly being used in illegal fights instead of roosters, said a police official.

They’ll fight to the death and they don’t make the noise that typical roosters make and they don’t smell,” he said. “They fall under the radar because we wouldn’t think it suspicious if people have a lot of canaries.” (Read more canaries stories.)