Thailand Celebrates Year of Rooster with Cockfighting

Prized birds battled in a lucrative cockfighting event at a stadium south of Bangkok, Thailand to mark the celebration of the Year of the Rooster.

“This is a very good year for us. It’s the year of the golden rooster. The value of the roosters has gone up,” said Banchej Changyai, the organizer of the event.

The sport is a popular pastime and a big business in Thailand.

“Today, the rooster brought me a lot of money,” said Narongsak Sealee, who won 500,000 baht ($14,170) in the event held at the Thedthai Cockfighting Stadium. “I love cockfighting. It is a hobby of mine.”

The best rooster in the event was sold to Virat Patcharaphangkorn for 2.5M baht ($70,840). “This rooster is so good that it gives me great reputation and makes me very happy,” Patcharaphangkorn said.

Cockfighting in Thailand can last up to six rounds, with each round lasting 22 minutes or until one rooster withdraws from the fight.

Unlike in other countries, roosters in Thailand do not fight to death as they don’t have knives or blades attached on their heels. They only fight until one surrenders.

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