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The Messed up World of Dog Fighting in China

writer: Tom Wyke source: dailymail.co.uk


Hundreds of people gathered to watch two dogs fight each other while the animals are jeered on by their owners at a public dogfight in China.

The barbaric competition was held by two local dog clubs, attracting over 60 big dog owners all eager to prove their dogs are the finest fighters in this brutally cruel activity.

The shocking scenes took place near the Chinese city of Jiyuan, situated in northwestern Henan province.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Hundreds of people crowd behind the silver metal barricades around the ring, craning their necks to watch the horrific action

Dogfighting in China is not widespread in China but there is no animal cruelty laws to prevent it from taking place, particularly in rural parts of the country

In the dogfighting matches, the animals are encouraged to violently attack each other until one dog emerges as the 'winner.'

Many of the dogs are left with terrible injuries, with ears and tails having to be amputated in some cases. Some fights are so brutal, dogs occassionally die as a result of their injuries.

Behind both dogs, their young male owners tightly hold on to the scruff of their dog's necks in an attempt to control the carnage.

Another man can be seen holding on to the black dog's hind legs as it struggles to stay balanced.

One white dog can be seen struggling against the tight bite of a black male. Its sharp teeth tear into the other dog's muzzle, causing blood to stain its muzzle and white fur.

Dressed in a red tracksuit, the referee attempts to keep order in the ring, using a stick to occassionally seperate the two dogs.

Close to the action, one woman can be seen filming the disturbing cruelty with a handheld camcorder while the dog owners bellow at their animals to be more aggressive.

The tradition of dogfighting in China is historic, particularly in the ethnic Uyghur and Hui communities

One woman stands close to the action, filming the disturbing cruelty with a handheld camcorder while the dog owners bellow at their animals to be more aggressive

The tradition of dogfighting in China is historic, particularly in the ethnic Uyghur and Hui communities.

Although dogfighting in China is not widespreadthere is no animal cruelty laws to prevent it from taking place, particularly in rural parts of the country.

China's animal cruelty laws can only prosecute a person if they damage a dog or another animal can if the creature has a legal owner.

Crackdowns on dogfighting have began to occur in recent years but all too often police only intervene if bets are being placed on the fights.

Gambling officiallly remains illegal in China and even Macau has faced police crackdowns in recent months.

Crackdowns on dogfighting have began to occur in recent years but all too often police only intervene if bets are being placed on the fights

The shocking scenes took place near the Chinese city of Jiyuan, situated in northwestern Henan province