WILD boars and fighting dogs rip each other apart in the latest example of Asia’s grisly blood sport economy.
New images shine a light on the cruel bloodsport trade that blights Indonesia – and locals insist it is here to stay.
The animals are sent into the fighting pits to tear strips from each other – with winning dogs taking home as much as £1,500.
But the fate of the wild boars is altogether more grisly.
Those that survive their ordeal are patched up and sent out to fight again, while those that succumb to their terrible injuries are sent away to the butcher and their meat sold.
Yet despite the cruelty, punters who place bets at the Adu Bagong fights insist it is an important local tradition on the Indonesian island of Java.
One hunting dog fan said: “It used to be very simple, not like now when the dogs are trained.
"From there it's been handed down and has even become part of tradition and culture.”
The fighting animals are let loose in a 15-by-20 metre pit surrounded by bamboo staves.
Winning trainers are handed a boar’s hoof as a grim reminder of their victory.
Many pay between £10 and £100 to enter their dogs into the bouts – and many have developed a vast breeding scheme to produce the fearsome mutts.
One claims to have at least 40 at home ready to throw into the fighting pits.
Describing how it is a valuable source of income to him and his family, Agus Badud said: “I take part in this contest to increase the selling price and economic value of my dogs.
“It would be useless for me as a breeder if I did not participate in a contest like this.”
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