Thai cockfighting

tcf-03 - Feathers are glued back into the wing.
tcf-05 - preparing the cocks for the fight
tcf-06 - supplements and vitamins, available on the open market, for fighting cocks
tcf-08 - measuring and weighing the birds to find a suitable match
tcf-09 - measuring and weighing the birds to find a suitable match
tcf-10 - taking bets
tcf-18 - medical kit for the cocks
tcf-19 - suturing a cock's head, in between rounds
tcf-22 - spitting out the blood that has just been sucked from the cock's bruised head
tcf-23 - attending to an injured bird, in between rounds

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.

© Alison McCauley