While many people in China were preparing celebrations for the fifth day of the lunar new year, residents in this Shanxi village were suiting up to watch some dogs fight to the death.
The “friendly” dog-fighting match is a New Year tradition in the Jishan county of Yuncheng city, Shanxi province. This year, on the fourth day of the lunar new year, residents from surrounding villages gathered in Qinghe town to cheer on the competing dogs as they viciously tried to go at each other’s jugular. Organizers of the event, which highlights “friendship first, competition second”, handed out packs of cigarettes and cups of water to the dog owners as they proudly watched on.
Images of the event, as usual, made the rounds on social media and have left animal rights activists fuming. While Chinese authorities do take action against organized dog-fighting, it’s typically only when the event is linked to gambling, an illegal activity in the country.
In January, eight people were detained for organizing an underground dog-fighting ring in Zhejiang, where spectators forked out at least 5,000 yuan on a dog and could earn tens of thousands of yuan in just one match.
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