It’s so sad to see how this sport still exists! Please STOP!

How New Year is celebrated in a southern region in China is really weird. They organize horse fights to celebrate it. The tradition dates back about 500 years, and according to China’s official news agency the fights “won’t hurt animals.” But this video shows horses with bloody mouths, kicks, and falls.

One of the trainers stated, “We have medicine for the injuries, but even if we didn’t, it would slowly get better on its own, but we give it antibiotics and it gets better quickly.” A mare is led into the arena either tied to a pole or held by someone whose job is to keep her away from the stallions. Two stallions are then released and the crowd cheers and boos as they fight. The loser is determined by the horse that first falls or runs away. Pan Jianming, a man who owns a stallion says. “He stood up and hit the other horse straight away. If he likes the female horse, it doesn’t matter how much pain he’s in, he won’t run away.” Thousands of spectators gather around horse fights having no protection from the fighting stallions putting themselves in a really dangerous situation and most of those spectators gamble on who will be the winner. People of all ages watch these terrible scenes, even children and the effect of the images on them is worrisome.Pan Yinghong, who had a horse at the competition, told reporters “Horse fighting is just for fun. If I win, people will think of me as a horse king, and it’s also good for attracting women.”

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