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“Traditional” Horse Fighting In China 500 Years of Cruelty

While some celebrated Chinese New Year last week with family dinners and red paper decorations, a few villages in China carried out a grisly 500-year-old tradition. Members of the Miao ethnic group from the mountains of southern China and southeast Asia hold bouts between horses to ring in each new year, encouraging the animals to fight and betting on the winner. The tournaments can earn the winner 10,000 yuan (around $1,650) and are happening more frequently now, as the Year of the Horse begins. [Warning: Disturbing images]

AFP reports that a common folklore says that the first battle was held to settle a dispute between two brothers who both hoped to marry the same woman.

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