Ian Terry | Photojournalist


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© Ian Terry • 2010-2015

Blood, Feathers & Cash

Betters scream out and handlers whip towels as cockfights take place on a Sunday afternoon in Mae Khue, Thailand.

Common across Southeast Asia, this ancient sport pits two roosters against one another in energetic bouts full of flying feathers and flurries of pecking.

Bets among spectators in this Northern Thai village typically run in the hundreds of dollars though sums up to 1 million Baht (~$31,700) are not unheard of.

In between rounds, trainers work quickly to sew up wounded roosters while feeding them various synthetic steroids and energy boosters.

Fights do not go to the death, but rather, until one chicken either loses interest or becomes too weak to go on.

 
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