Animal rights campaigners say they will sue a sporting champion for animal cruelty after he was filmed biting the head off a live cockerel during a dinner with friends.
The Brigitte Bardot foundation said the actions of the Basque pelota player [ naked handball ] Bixente Larralde were “shocking and sickening”.
In the brief video apparently made in June, a smiling Larralde is seen sitting at a table with several wine bottles and a cockerel. Larralde grabs the bird and, as it struggles, bites off its head, which he then spits out.
Daniel Raposo from the BB foundation said the organisation’s lawyers had been instructed to sue. “We must absolutely highlight this because it is serious and punishable by the law,” he said.
The scene, filmed by mobile phone during a meal on June 23, takes place after hand-held parties held at local festivals, as part of the Masters of Hasparren.
Joined by phone by the local media Mediabask, Bixente Larralde said to assume his mistake and be aware of his bad gesture.
The dinner took place after a championship match in Hasparren, south-east of Bayonne, won by Larralde’s older brother Peio. Basque pelota is a court sport played with a ball hit using the hand or a racket, bat or basket.
The cockerel is an unofficial symbol of France.
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