“Traditional” Horse Fighting In China.
In several small villages throughout the southern regions of China, a grisly 500-year-old tradition kicked off the Chinese New Year.
According to a report from l’Agence France-Presse, members of the Miao ethnic group have been holding horse fighting competitions for more than five centuries. These tournaments, which offer prizes of up to 10,000 yuan (around $1,650), are held year-round, but are occurring more frequently as the Year of the Horse begins.
The stallions are encouraged to fight by the presence of a female horse, who is kept meters away from the clashing pairs by a villager armed with little more than a stick. The horse which successfully defends its position close to the female is declared the winner. Animals Asia has said the female horses are sometimes “induced into season through the injection of hormones.”
Horse-fighting has been outlawed in most countries but not in China. Animal activists from the non-profit organization Animals Asia called the tradition a “horrific spectacle,” and says that local government officials now actively encourage this cruel event in order to attract tourists to the area.
“Traditional” Horse Fighting In China: