Twenty One Gamblers Arrested in Phuket for Gambling on Cockfighting

Phuket –

Twenty one people were arrested in Rassada after they were found watching a cockfighting program and gambling.

Administrative Officers from the Phuket City District Office told the Phuket Express that earlier this week they and the Phuket City Police arrested 21 suspects at a house in the Rassada sub-district, Mueang Phuket.

They were found watching a cockfighting match on a television and gambling. They were taken to the Phuket City Police Station. They are facing charges of participating in illegal gambling (cockfighting via television).

The Phuket Express notes that Thailand has some of the strictest laws in the world around gambling and even private gambling at home is Cockfighting, however, is legal in Thailand and considered a cultural heritage, despite many attempts by various animal rights groups, most of them being Western NGOS, to ban the practice.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.