Four men in the Philippines have been arrested for gambling on spider fights in the village of Valencia City this past weekend.
The men were arrested during the "Spider Derby" where live spiders are put into an arena where they fight to the death. Interestingly, the fight itself is completely legal, but the gambling by the four men was what was deemed to be illegal by the police. Cockfights are traditionally the popular form of animal combat spot in the Philippines, but residents are largely turning to spider fights, as cockfighting is more expensive.
32 spiders in matchboxes, the spider arena, and about P300 in cash was seized at the scene.
Commenting on the arrests Lt. Col Surki Serenas said, "Gambling sets a bad example for children. If there is what we call 'gateway drugs,' there is also 'gateway gambling vice.'"
"These people encourage gambling among kids particularly those kids who are fond of spiders."