News item out of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as reported by the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS and monitored by the BBC:
"Cock and partridge fighting has been banned for ethical reasons in a number of eastern districts of Tajikistan. The ban also applies to similar, exciting shows involving poultry or domestic animals."
A Regional Internal Affairs official said the ban was imposed, according to the report, "because such bloodthirsty shows inevitably end in the death of helpless animals, in defiance of moral principles advocated by all religions."
Other regional officials, according to the news report, said that "such shows provoke sadism and perversion in young people, who tend to prefer such cruel games to reading or sports."
Quoting the report: "There is enough violence in the modern world, and we should not let it get worse, the interior official said."
It would appear Tajikistan has more enlightened leadership