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    The crowd roars its approval as the chestnut stallion sinks his teeth into the throat of his opponent.


    The terrified victim rears up on his hind legs and veers away in a desperate bid to escape, but it is no use.
    Blood is pouring into his eyes and he can no longer see. His right ear is torn and bloody.
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    Fight club: Goaded into a frenzy by a mare who is 'in season' and chained nearby for up to six hours, stallions battle for 'sport' in the Philippines




    The bigger horse moves in for the coup de grace, repeatedly kicking the weaker animal in the head with his front hooves.
    His opponent soon collapses and lies panting on the ground, an all too typical end to one of the most horrific spectator 'sports' ever devised - horse-fighting tournaments.
    But that hasn't stopped them becoming hugely popular in the Philippines, where these appalling pictures were taken.
    The images are deeply disturbing, but the Mail believes they must be seen.
    "These tournaments are truly barbaric," says Andrew Plumbly of the welfare group Network for Animals, which has been campaigning to bring an end to the savage contests.
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    These scenes in the town of Don Carlos involved 54 horses, many of which had gruesome injuries




    "Our vets have seen horses being kicked in the head so hard that their eyes have popped out of their sockets. Other horses have had their ears ripped off. It's straight out of the Middle Ages."
    Horse-fighting occurs almost exclusively in Mindanao in the southern Philippines, and in parts of China.
    The horrific tournament captured in our photographs happened in the town of Don Carlos and involved 54 horses, many of which had gruesome injuries.
    Thousands of people turned out to watch the bloodbath, including hundreds of children. Many of the adults were drunk and spent their time gambling and jeering at the battling animals.
    Though horses do not normally fight one another, these stallions had been whipped into a fighting frenzy by the presence of a young mare who was "in season" and had been staked to the ground in the middle of the muddy arena.
    Overwhelmed by desire, the stallions attacked each other in a bid to defeat their sexual rivals.
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    Wounded horses are often killed for their meat and the choicest cuts barbecued and sold to the crowd




    Many were soon covered in gashes and bites. Others limped around the arena with a glazed look in their eyes as they pathetically tried to escape.
    The tournament was equally traumatic for the mare used as "bait" for the stallions.
    Not only was she repeatedly hit by stray blows from the duelling horses, but the poor creature was also obliged to mate with the victorious stallions from each "bout", meaning that she was mounted as many as 30 times during one tournament which can last up to six hours.
    "Horses often die in the ring from exhaustion or their injuries," says Mr Plumbly, who has witnessed one such tournament.
    Veterinary care is too expensive for most owners to bother with, so wounded horses are often killed for their meat and the choicest cuts barbecued and sold to the crowd.
    A similar fate awaits those horses deemed too old or too weak to fight. These are "sacrificed" by pitting them against much stronger stallions.
    Some break their legs as they desperately try to escape. But the bloodier the injuries, the louder the crowd cheers.
    Although horse-fighting is illegal in the Philippines, corruption and lack of enforcement ensure that the tournaments continue - and with apparent official sanction.
    Matches are featured on TV, and local businesses sponsor horses and tournaments. Local authorities offer prize money.
    The tournaments are promoted as a "cultural tradition", but in fact they are largely organised and controlled by crime syndicates, who rake in huge profits from gambling.
    Thousands of pounds are bet on each fight - a small fortune in a desperately poor country such as the Philippines.
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    The tournaments are promoted as a 'cultural tradition', but in fact they are largely organised and controlled by crime syndicates




    Network for Animals wants to build clinics to treat injured horses and to educate local people about caring for animals. It is also encouraging tourists to avoid the southern Philippines.
    "If people want to help stop these tournaments they should write to the embassy in London and tell them that they will not visit these islands," says Mr Plumbly.
    "The threat of a loss of tourism money will help bring this despicable blood sport to an end."
    For more information on NFA campaigns and how you can help, visit www.networkforanimals.org.

    Tournament of blood: The sheer horror of horse-fighting | the Daily Mail

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    Why don't those men just beat on one another, fightclub style if they get their jollies off on fighting? Why involve innocents?
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    ^^^^They don't have the balls.

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    There is a "sport" like this in Mexico. I saw it on TV once in a show about animal cruelty and I've never forgotten the terror in the horses' eyes. Just like the slaughterhouse, only worse.

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    sick fuckers.
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    It's their "culture" so you must respect it, you see.........

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    ^^ my culture ok's bitch slapping men who think animal cruelty is fun, roadtrip anyone *smiles demonically*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dixie Normos View Post
    ^^ my culture ok's bitch slapping men who think animal cruelty is fun, roadtrip anyone *smiles demonically*
    I'm in

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    Quote Originally Posted by celeb_2006 View Post
    It's their "culture" so you must respect it, you see.........
    I know you were being sarcastic, but lots of people believe this. What they seem to forget is that I have a right to criticize anyone's culture and it pisses me off when people act like you have no right to criticize anyone if their behavior is culturally based. That's bullshit.

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    I will never understand how people enjoy watching stuff like this.

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    I can't even stand looking at the photos. Have been in the horse community for years and seen some pretty shitty things. This tops it all.
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    Christ on a rubber crutch!!! WTF is wrong with people that they could enjoy this type of shit??? Dogs, horses, roosters, etc????

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    God that's horrible. I hate shit like this. I only read a bit and couldn't bring myself to read the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetie View Post
    I will never understand how people enjoy watching stuff like this.
    The same reason people gather around horrific accidents, watch bullfighting or enjoy torture porn films. Human beings at their core are bloodthirsty and sadistic.

    People can no longer get away with forcing humans to have it out, Colosseum-style, so they turn to the next best thing-animals.

    I'd heart about dog and cockfighting, but didn't know there was a version with horses. It both breaks my heart and fills me with rage.
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    sick bastards.

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