Cockfighting: A Gentleman's Sport/Cockfighter's Reap "Year of the Rooster" Bonus in Thailand
This story caught my eye as cockfighting still goes on in many rural areas of the South. I do not believe cockfighting is as nearly as popular as it was twenty years ago in these parts. I remember in those days one particular cockfighting operation that had a very large arena with seating for a couple of thousand people and there was standing room for many more around the main and drag pits. People would come from everywhere to watch or participate in one of the premier events. The first "big" Rooster fight I ever saw was a "5 Cock/$100,000.00 Derby" winner take all. There is big money in raising and fighting cocks. Some local folks still hatch out, grow, and condition roosters for fighting. Many of these roosters are sent to countries in the Far East such as Thailand for huge profits.