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Do You Support Chinese Horse Fights?
 By Estella Noire   •   14th Jan 2011   •   19,846 views   •   30 comments
Horse Fighting in ChinaHorse slaughter is bad, sick and upsetting. I find it horrible and sad and you probably do too. What could be worse? Recently, I came across something I found much, much worse.

In some areas of China, South Korea and Indonesia, today, there are horse fights. In these fights, one stallion fights another until one is too injured to go on, or in some cases, dead.

Two stallions just attacking each other is not, you may have guessed, a thing likely to happen just out of the blue. A mare that is in season is tied to a post in the middle of the arena to be used as bait. The stallions fight for the mare. In some fights the mare is removed, but in others the poor soul is left in the ring while the fight is in progress. The stallions flailing hooves could easily strike the mare by mistake. The mare cannot go anywhere. If the horses donít fight straight away, sometimes they are whipped or gunshots are fired to try and madden them.

During these fights, the fighting horses are tied to ropes attached to halters so there is no way for them to escape - even though some do try. For the losing stallion, they have hardly any chance of survival. If the poor animals do not die from their injuries, as most owners see veterinary care as too expensive, they will be butchered and their meat sold to the watching crowd. What makes this sadder still, are the spectators. They take bets on which horse they think will win. These people see this as entertainment and when questioned, some people said

"It is part of our 500 year old tradition."

Even if it is, campaigners have said it is far too inhumane. However, not only is this injuring the horses, but the people watching, too. Accidentally, horses can kick people in the crowd, causing serious damage. Instead of stamping out this so-called sport, local authorities offer prize money for the owner of the winning horse! Sometimes the matches are shown on TV, and businesses offer to sponsor matches.

These awful tournaments have been described as "something out of the middle ages". The state of these horses by the end of the fight is incredibly wrong.

This should be made illegal. Gambling at the moment seems to be the main reason that people go to watch it. Most people in these countries do see sense and say this as barbaric, but some still support this. Campaigns and petitions have been made, but will China make this illegal? I hope so. We should all do our best to stamp out horse fighting!
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Dixie Chick  
That is terrible!!! THAT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL AND THE OWNERS SHOULD BE PROSECUTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


(that is just my opinion)
  Jan 14, 2011  •  9,041 views
 
Equestri  
This is just sick. It amazes me how horrible some people can be.
  Jan 14, 2011  •  9,048 views
 
weezapony  
Good for you, writing an article about this!
Horse fighting sickens me, as does dog fighting, which is still found in many places, too! Ugh, people can be so repulsive.
  Jan 14, 2011  •  9,718 views
 
Breegirly  
How could they.... THose horses look like good horses and half of them don't stand a chance!!!!!
  Jan 14, 2011  •  9,034 views
 
halfbrokehorses  
i heard about this a while back and is so sad! all of those people watching it deserve to be kicked by the horses!
and good article btw :)
  Jan 14, 2011  •  9,045 views
 
Winny the Poo  
Im Really Crying Like Crazy right now afteri heard that ( ( (
  Jan 14, 2011  •  9,059 views
 
toffeelola  
this is gross and sickening, these people are cruel and it is not the only form of cruelty, in those same countries they have a dog and cat meat market where they deliberately torture animals to make the meat taste better- cats and kittens are boiled alive! this is horrible and unjustified and there should be a consequence for the people who do this that is worse than the pain they inflict on animals.
  Jan 14, 2011  •  10,140 views
 
bandikool7  
that is the most horrible thing i have ever seen! i absolutley do not SUPPORT chinese horse fights!
  Jan 15, 2011  •  9,413 views
 
Artista  
It's very inhumane, but it happens in many more places than China. My mare, Omen, came from a similar situation in Mexico before she crossed into the California border destined for slaughter. Of course it's cruel.

That's why people watch it.

I have very little hope for humanity...that said.
  Jan 15, 2011  •  10,111 views
 
GypsyGirl  
Its so sad. :( I would hate if one of those horses got hurt or died.
  Jan 15, 2011  •  9,402 views
 
CherryRoxx  
I think that is one of the most sickest and saddest things EVER - and the picture just adds to the distress
  Jan 15, 2011  •  9,409 views
 
fiermgurl  
I have heard of this, and I am very glad you have the courage to share this for those who are unaware of these barbaric actions.
Thank you for writing this!
  Jan 15, 2011  •  9,576 views
 
PonyJumper1234  
This is terrible.....there is noooooo point.....The people involved should go to jail and pay for the horses medical bills
  Jan 15, 2011  •  9,433 views
 
Raychel  
I think this is one of the worst things that someone could do to a horse. It deffinitely should be illegal!!!!!
  Jan 15, 2011  •  10,045 views
 
FrithCarriedo  
I agree that this is rather barbaric, but we really need respect that this is a 'tradition' for these countries. We also have to put into consideration that eastern customs are different from western ones.
  Jan 15, 2011  •  10,148 views
 
Satin  
What can we do to help stop this? Please...
  Jan 15, 2011  •  10,246 views
 
MontanaMountain  
THIS IS HOREABLE
  Jan 15, 2011  •  10,132 views
 
Thestral  
Ive heard of that. I'm totally against it.
  Jan 15, 2011  •  10,132 views
 
Reality  
I never knew this. That is terrible. I can't believe people would actually do that to their horses!
  Jan 16, 2011  •  10,145 views
 
Petra And Lisa  
OMG! That is well bad!! I totally agree! That is OUT of oder and what they do the stallions and the mares! It is just stick!! I want ot go to the people how started this anfd talk some sence into them! This W.O.N.G and horses should not be going thorugh that! It make me SO angery and maakes me want to do it to them to see how they think about it and then they will get there pay back and won't come up with such thing! I hate this alot! I think horses in the wild are acceptble becuase it's nature and every stallion does it! But on this case it unfair! Unfair for EVERYONE I feel so sorry for the mare that has to stand in the middle wacthing them and the stallions it is out of oder to make them fight just like that!!!


I hate who ever camw up with stuip idea of horse fighting!!! IT IS WRONG, CRUL And NASTY!!!!!!!!
  Jan 16, 2011  •  10,262 views
 
Petra And Lisa  
OMG! That is well bad!! I totally agree! That is OUT of oder and what they do the stallions and the mares! It is just stick!! I want ot go to the people how started this anfd talk some sence into them! This W.O.N.G and horses should not be going thorugh that! It make me SO angery and maakes me want to do it to them to see how they think about it and then they will get there pay back and won't come up with such thing! I hate this alot! I think horses in the wild are acceptble becuase it's nature and every stallion does it! But on this case it unfair! Unfair for EVERYONE I feel so sorry for the mare that has to stand in the middle wacthing them and the stallions it is out of oder to make them fight just like that!!!


I hate who ever camw up with stuip idea of horse fighting!!! IT IS WRONG, CRUL And NASTY!!!!!!!!
  Jan 16, 2011  •  10,262 views
 
Windehkins  
I saw an show on this on Tv I was Apauled at the reasons why it held. Entertainment, Sport. That is no reason to kill any animal or even harm them. This sport should be banned. It's Dangerous Cruel and just Plain Gross!
  Jan 20, 2011  •  10,215 views
 
Crz4Horses  
I have one word for this:
Sick.
  Jan 23, 2011  •  10,125 views
 
Depplain  
As long as humans see themselves as "superior beings" they will always abuse their power. We see it not only in the horse industry but in other animals- cock fighting and dog fighting are just two other human encouraged animal fights And its all a way for these brutal humans to express their power. Just disgusting.
  Jan 25, 2011  •  10,117 views
 
Pdeletedpp  
that makes me sad. the third pic at the bottom looks like the gray horse is breaking the others neck!!!!
  Jan 25, 2011  •  7,685 views
 
Pdeletedpp  
that makes me sad. the third pic at the bottom looks like the gray horse is breaking the others neck!!!!
  Jan 25, 2011  •  7,685 views
 
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Oh my !
Those poor horses
Thank you for informing us about the things, both good and bad that go around the world. It's good to be informed and learn about these things.
  Feb 2, 2011  •  7,689 views
 
T W I  
How horrible!
  Apr 7, 2011  •  7,732 views
 
Little Bitty Farm  
This is so sad..
  May 9, 2011  •  7,862 views
 
Carpe Diem  
That's just sick, revolting and horrible. That should be illegal along with dog fighting.
  Jul 8, 2011  •  7,682 views
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