– Gameness til the End
Remarkable pictures offer glimpse inside the fierce and and chaotic sport of cock fighting in Madagascar
Big bucks rides on this cruel sport where people will bet their homes to win
By Patrick Knox and Paul Harper
9th December 2016, 5:19 pm
THESE photographs capture the bloodthirsty sport of cock fighting in all its barbaric glory.
In the poverty stricken capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, people gather for their weekly cockfighting competitions.
Money can be made if birds win consistently and people spend large sums breeding them.
Sometimes people bet their cars and even their houses on a cockfighting rooster.
A fight will only take place once both owners have completed the negotiations and agreed to let their birds fight.
The battles can last up to 90 minutes. Brutal fights continue until an animal runs away, has its eyes gouged out or dies.
In Madagascar cockfighting dates back to the 18th century, when it served as entertainment for the royal family, according to Al Jazeera.
The barbaric sport is seen as a way of making big bucks quickly. Gamblers can win as much as £1,000 on fights, reports the BBC.
Wealthy men bet cars and houses during cockfights between their roosters.
Spectators can travel from as far afield as France and Thailand to watch the contests, which only begin when the birds are matched up according to size, weight and height.
It has been known that coaches can throw water and spit on the roosters in a desperate bid to revive them.
Cocks fight during a tournament last week on the outskirts of Antananarivo
A ‘jockey’ attends to his bird during a tournament
A referee tries to separate two cocks fighting
Jockeys and owners spur their roosters with water and shouting
This cruel sport sees the cocks savage each other, leaving them with terrible wounds
Fighting cocks owners wait for their turns close to their birds
Birds are looked after, but only so they can fight
The brutal fights can last for more than an hour until one rooster is killed or runs away
Spectators can travel from as a far as France to watch the savage contests
It has been reported that rich cockfighting fans have bet their homes and cars on the result
Tragically losing roosters are often chucked in a bin even if they are still alive
Many of the birds spend most of their lives tethered by one leg near inadequate shelter
Cockfights are usually held in round or square enclosures called “cockpits”