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Cockfights

Posted by MADMAC on 19/8/2009 at 02:27

My wife's village has a cock fighting "arena" and I also found one near my house where I live now. I'm not a fan of animal fighting (cocks or dogs), but I do know that it is popular here. Not sure if it's legal or not - but obviously it goes on pretty openly. Have any of you attended? Thoughts?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 19/8/2009 at 08:01 admin

I've seen a few. I think the actual cock fight is legal, but gambling on it is not. Of course, you rarely have one without the other.

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Posted by Thaiman on 19/8/2009 at 14:53

My wife's neice's husband used to breed the Cocks for fighting but I've never been to a fight. It's a part of the Thai culture and I don't object.I would'nt mind going to have a look at one sometime but as for a dog fight-no way.

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Posted by busylizzy on 19/8/2009 at 17:14

"I would'nt mind going to have a look at one sometime but as for a dog fight-no way."

Just out of curiosity, why is one OK and the other not?

I remember being invited to a cockfight in 1979 (a school trip) but turned down the offer. They apparently tied razorblades on to the chicken's feet. Do they still do that? If so, I would hate to think what a mess that would make.

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Posted by Tilapia on 20/8/2009 at 02:48

I've seen them all over SE Asia, mostly on Bali during temple festivals. I'm not a fan, just as I am no fan of dog fighting, bull fighting, or even boxing.

I haven't seen razor blades tied to the birds' legs, but I have seen scissor blades attached to them.

I noticed that in every case the "loser" was quickly throttled, plucked, cleaned, and tossed into a dinner pot within 20-30 minutes.

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Posted by MADMAC on 20/8/2009 at 03:10

The problem for me is the animals have no choice. I am a boxer, and I like to fight, but I have a choice as to whether or not I climb through the ring ropes. The animals don't, and that bothers me.

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Posted by Thaiman on 20/8/2009 at 15:22

'Why is one OK and not the other'
Simple really-I have aa affinity with dogs,even if they're old Soi dogs,but I don't with chooks.

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Posted by Lawoat on 20/8/2009 at 20:59

I have seen a **** fight in Cuba (altough its illegal there) and in all fairness I tought it was pretty boring to watch...

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 21/8/2009 at 01:59

interesting blog post from Richard Barrow about a recent cock fighting festival in Bangkok:
Visit Travelfish: Thai cock Fighting Festival

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 21/8/2009 at 02:01

sorry, try this one:

Thai Cockfighting Festival

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Posted by SBE on 21/8/2009 at 02:59

Hmm. Let me try. Barrow makes the point that cock fighting and Muay Thai can both kill an opponent and the kids don't get much more choice about whether to fight than the animals do.

http://www.thai-blogs.com/index.php/2009/08/19/thai-cock-fighting-festival?blog=5

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Posted by SBE on 21/8/2009 at 03:12

So what do we call **** fights now **** has been deemed a rude word?

Poultry fights?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/8/2009 at 04:31 admin

Apols for that the bad language filter thingy I turned back on when a bit mental. Should be fine now

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Posted by MADMAC on 21/8/2009 at 14:32

"Barrow makes the point that cock fighting and Muay Thai can both kill an opponent and the kids don't get much more choice about whether to fight than the animals do."

Kids should not be fighting. I boxed for ten years - kids bodies are not sufficiently developed, they lack the maturity, and it's inherently dangerous. I do not approve of kids fighting. A shame that it's so pervasive here. Recently I was at the gym training and a local kid wanted to spar me. He was only 15 - it's too young. I worked stricly my defense for that session. I don't want to be reponsible for hurting a kid that young.

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Posted by spikybrain on 21/8/2009 at 15:32

don't agree with all you say mm, but agree with you 200% on the point that kids shudn't be boxing -- they should be out getting laid, smokin weed and generally having a good time -- not kicking the crap out of each other.

Chooks? as long as no blades involved I don't see the problem as long as we get to eat the loser.

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Posted by MADMAC on 21/8/2009 at 15:53

"they should be out getting laid, smokin weed and generally having a good time"

I never smoked weed - but if you want to do it, don't do it here. Even a short stay in a Thai prison is going to suck a lot.

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