Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Horse Fighting In The Philippines

Filipinos watch as horses fight in Antipas town in the Philippine province of North Cotabato during the celebration of the feast of San Vicente on Sunday, April 19, 2009. Horse fighting has now been outlawed almost worldwide. But it still thrives, however, in countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, China and South Korea. Brutal and inhumane, these spectacles can be anything from featured events in annual fiestas and thanksgiving festivals to scrappy events put together by locals for the purposes of an afternoon's gambling and entertainment, or to honor a special guest. Horse fighting takes place in city stadiums or abandoned playing fields in remote villages and provinces. In more highly populated areas they may also be conducted at a local racetrack. (Mindanao Examiner Photo / Geo Solmerano)

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