Cockfighters reap Calendar year of Rooster reward in Thailand

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BANGKOK: Prized birds confronted off in front of 1000’s of spectators at a stadium around Thailand’s cash on Sunday (Jan 29) as celebrations for the Calendar year of the Rooster brought a windfall for some.

Although cockfighting is banned in numerous nations around the world on grounds of animal cruelty, it is a profitable small business in Thailand as nicely as a well known pastime. Sunday’s prime chicken bought for over US$70,000 (£55,795).

“This calendar year is a really very good calendar year for us. It really is the calendar year of the golden rooster. The worth of the roosters has absent up,” stated Banchej Changyai, 55, who was jogging the contest south of Bangkok on the second day of celebrations for the Lunar New Calendar year.

Each and every combat involves two roosters dealing with off in a pit. They lurch at just about every, inflicting damage with beaks and wings.

Each and every spherical is 22 minutes extensive, and there can be up to 6 rounds dependent on the roosters’ endurance.

“Nowadays, the rooster brought me a whole lot of funds. I adore cockfighting, it really is a passion of mine,” stated Narongsak Sealee, 22, right after winning five hundred,000 baht (£11,303) at the Thedthai cockfighting stadium in Samut Prakan province.

A winner rooster poses with funds right after a combat. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

In contrast to in numerous nations around the world, the Thai cocks do not combat to the loss of life. Rather, the to start with chicken to cower absent loses.    

“This rooster is so very good that it offers me, the owner, a excellent status and makes me really joyful,” stated Virat Patcharaphangkorn, right after getting the event’s prize rooster for 2.five million baht.

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