Dogs and wild boars fight until death in the traditional Indonesian hunting game!
That has long been criticized by animal rights activists. It was originally intended as a check to test the dog’s hunting ability on wild boar. But the spectator sport has also developed to run the whole game as profit-oriented gambling.
In the middle of a bamboo arena under the cheering mob, the dog is rushed to the wild boar where a life and death battle begins.
The controversial Indonesian custom, also known as “Adu Bagong”, is usually held in remote villages in the West Java province of Indonesia, where a dog and a wild boar compete in a 15x30m arena.
Participants who had groomed and fed their dogs outside the arena before the game said that participating in the sports was a way to preserve a cultural practice that had been going on for decades.
The game started around the 1960s and started when local farmers wanted to protect their farms from wild boar.
The competition takes place every weekend in different villages and is judged by the agility of the dog and the duration of the dog’s biting. Both animals are forced to fight until one of them is injured. If the boar survives the attack of a first dog, its wounds will be treated and then it will have to face another dog.
Injured boars are slaughtered.
The injured dogs are also treated for their wounds. “Hunting is an inseparable community culture,” said Nur Hadi, leader of a hunting dog enthusiast group, Hiparu. And despite criticism from animal rights activists, it should not be abolished.
Activists have been calling for years to stop this popular crime.
“The government and NGOs should set out to stop this cruelty to animals and educate people that dogfighting is illegal,” said Indonesian animal rights activist Marison Guciano. “The game is a criminal act against the animals.”
The breeder Agus Badud argued that the activity had increased the “economic value” of their dogs.
“I am following this competition to increase the sales price and economic value of my dogs, and it will be of no use to me as a breeder if I do not take part in such a competition,” said the dog owner to Reuters. He keeps 40 dogs in his house.
To enter the fight, dog owners pay at least 200,000 to two million Indonesian rupiahs ($ 14-150), and the dogs are divided into three categories depending on their breed, weight, and track record. The winners will receive a cup and cash prize of around $ 2000.
Numerous international animal protection organizations have been mobilizing against this “tradition” for some years now and have called for an end to the fighting.
Wendy Higgins, spokeswoman for the Humane Society International, argues to journalists:
“The vicious and exploitative battle of dogs and wild boar in Indonesia is a worrying spectacle that must be condemned. Seeing animals brutally fighting each other should never be seen as entertainment or excused as culture”.
Finally, she adds:
“It is not only extreme cruelty to animals, but it humiliates us as humans to propagate such barbarism as fun. Any tradition that makes a sentient being the victim of violence should be thrown into the garbage heap of history”.
The campaign of animal welfare NGOs now shows its first success: In 2017, the NGO Scorpion Wildlife announced on Facebook that the first battle arena in Pacet, West Java, had been closed by the police.
And I mean…In front of the roaring spectators, the pig and the trained fighting dog tear each other to pieces. If the dog and the trainer win, there is a juicy reward, and the breeding value of the dog increases.
In any case, the fate of the wild boar ends horribly: either it holds up well, then it is repeatedly forced into the arena or the butcher comes by.
Although many people in these countries have no choice but to make a living in this way, it is cultivated in this cosmos to benefit from the suffering of animals.
Indonesia: Dogs and wild boars fight- Source: reuters
The same applies to western civilization: dog fights are illegal, but Spanish bullfighting is legal. It is actually unfair and even shameful that visitors are still allowed to visit bullfighting arenas.
The bull also dies a cruel death with the dagger by human hand at the end of the fight. And Spain also justifies bullfighting – and the barbaric end of animals – with the term cultural heritage.
The arena’s visitors, who enjoy the animal’s suffering, reward each painful blow with the lance that pierces the bull into the flesh with Olé calls.
Anyone who enjoys such initiated brutality can only be described as a sadist – all over the world.
My best regards to all, Venus