Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bred For Battle

Two fighting cocks battle each other for supremacy in a cock fighting arena in Nakhon Phanom. 

Cockfighting is enormously popular in rural Thailand. A big fight can bring the ring operator as much as 200,000 Thai Baht (about $6,000 US), a large sum of money in rural Thailand. Fighting cocks live for about 10 years and only fight for 2nd and 3rd years of their lives. Most have only four fights per year. Fighting cocks in Thailand do not wear the spurs or razor blades that they do in some countries and most times the winner is based on which rooster stops fighting or tires first rather than which is the most severely injured. 

Although gambling is illegal in Thailand, many times fight promoters are able to get an exemption to the gambling laws and a lot of money is wagered on the fights. Many small rural communities have at least one cockfighting arena. 

There are more photos from the cockfights in my PhotoShelter archive or available from ZUMA Press. (Note there is some graphic content.)