Animal rights activists are outraged from this regular spectacle dating from 1960s! A terror fight to the death between snarling dogs and captured wild boars.
They are all gathered around a bamboo-walled arena, Indonesians in this part of Java island seem “hungry” to watch the bloody horror spectacle, they called it contests, locally known as ‘adu bagong’.
People that live there, villagers, told Reuters that the fights are taking place to preserve a tradition of hunting in the area. They eve have a prize up to $2,000 in cash for the winning dog.
“It used to be very simple, not like now when the dogs are trained,” said Nur Hadi, head of Hiparu, a group of hunting dog enthusiasts that takes part in the fights.
“From there it’s been handed down and has even become part of tradition and culture,” Hadi told Reuters.
He defends the practice against criticism from animal rights groups, who say it should be banned.
“It is a criminal act against animals,” said Indonesian animal rights activist Marison Guciano.
“The government and NGOs should go to the field to stop this event and educate the people that dog fighting is not right.”
Fights are taking place in a 50 ft by 100 ft arena, around there is a bamboo fence to protect the observers, and the end of the fight is only when one of the animals is injured or killed.
They say that the fights test the agility and hunting abilities of the dogs. If the survivor is a boar, when healed it will be returned to the arena to fight again. If the survivor is dog, the boar will be butchered and sold for meat.
This tradition, or we say traditional “animal cruelty”, gives people a source of income, Dog breeder Agus Badud said.
“I take part in this contest to increase the selling price and economic value of my dogs, and it would be useless for me as a breeder if I did not participate in a contest like this,” Badud said in his house where he keeps 40 dogs.
Dog owners pay anywhere from 200,000 rupiah to 2 million rupiah ($15 to $150) to enter the fights, depending on the size of their dog.
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