Cockfighting has been a sport in Thailand for hundreds of years and is still popular in rural areas. Large sums are bet despite the fact that gambling is illegal in Thailand. The ring operator can make as much as 200,000 Baht (€5000) per fight.
Fighting cocks in Thailand don’t wear spurs or razors but they still frequently inflict terrible wounds upon their opponents and they often fight to the death.
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Cockfighting has been outlawed in most of Europe, the US and Brazil, but it remains legal in the Canary Islands, parts of Andalusia, the Nord-Pas de Calais region of France, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Cuba and in most of Latin America and south-east Asia. Cockfighting still takes place in many of the countries where it’s been banned, including the UK and the US.