19 people arrested for illegal canary fights. Wait… what?

Yes, you read that right. They were running a vicious canary fighting gambling ring:

Police said canaries and saffron finches were seized and 19 people were arrested at a Ripton Road address.

“There was 100 canaries fighting, and they were betting on them ‘til they were dead. It’s absolutely shocking,” said neighbor Marion Sega.

[…] “When canaries are bred, they’ll fight to the death and they don’t make the noise that typical roosters make and they don’t smell,” said Sgt. Robert Kozlowski. “They fall under the radar because we wouldn’t think it suspicious if people have a lot of canaries.”

Canary fights. It’s both utterly ridiculous and sadistically cruel at the same time. I don’t have a problem with boxing. If two consenting adults want to get into a ring and beat each other stupid, well, that’s their choice. Making animals fight to the death? That’s just plain old wrong.

What’s even more stunning is the following from the article:

Police said the investigation may spread into other states as well.

You mean this might be common? That it isn’t just one group of fucked up idiots doing this? Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with you people?

Sent in by SEB reader Craig.