Mar 12 2014
PHILIPPINES: Illegal spectator sport of ‘Stallions fighting to the death’ continues in Muslim area of Mindanao
Stallion fighting has been illegal in the Philippines since 1998 but these horses were pictured yesterday, brutally fighting as hundreds of local onlookers cheered the animals on and enjoyed the show. The pictures were taken in T’boli, in the south of the Philippines where the villagers were watching a blood bath in honour of the annual Seslong Festival which celebrates local culture.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is the region, located in the Mindanao island group of the Philippines, that is composed of predominantly five Muslim provinces, namely:Basilan (except Isabela City), Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. It is the only region that has its own government.
Mindanao is the second-largest and the most southerly island, with a very different feel from the rest of the country. A variety of Muslim ethnic groups live here. The Philippine Muslim communities have a distinct religion and secular practice, culture and tradition (which explains their ability to bet on the stallion fights.
What are the 13 Muslim tribes in Mindanao?
♦ T’boli or Tiboli
UK Daily Mail Horse Fighting brings out the crowds in Mindanao, where stallions are whipped up into a frenzy of sexual rivalry by a mare in heat, and then forced to fight to the death.
Not only is the sport wheeled out in front of hundreds, despite its illegal nature, it is also even advertised on local tourism websites. The sport involves two stallions fighting over a mare on heat. The battle continues until one of the stallions gives up or one of the horses is killed.
Villagers then place bets on which horse they think is more likely to win. The mare meanwhile is ties to a rope in the middle of the ring, defenceless as the males fight over her.
THE OPINIONATOR Last February I wrote a post titled Muslim Run Dogfighting Becoming Rampant in the UK– I began the blog with the statement: “As far as I am concerned there is little more despicable than dog fighting.” Well horse fighting to the death – conducted on the Phillipine Island of Mindanao – by Muslims in the name of “fun” & also as a source of gambling -is equally if not more despicable.
Hundreds crowded into the local T’boli ring last weekend to witness the blood bath where punters placed bets on which horse they thought would win.