Inside the controversial dog versus boar death matches of Indonesia
Animal rights activists have condemned horrific jungle death matches between wild pitbulls and boars.
Gruesome photographs show blood-soaked dogs mauling furious boars in a muddy, bamboo-made arena surrounded by a 400-strong crowd in Cibiru, West Java, Indonesia.
Known locally as ‘adu bagong’ – boar fighting – the fights are held in remote villages to preserve the cultural traditions of gambling and keeping boar populations in check.
Dog owners pay 200,000 to two million Indonesian rupiah (£11 – £105) to enter, with winners scooping up cash prizes of up to £1500.
Photographer Jefri Tarigan, 32, said: “Most of the pigs died. They are bound to be sevely injured by the dogs, and even if they survive one dog, they will be pitted against another one.”
“If a pig loses, his flesh will be sold. The main purpose has been to reduce the numbers of wild boars damaging farms in the area.”
“Wild boar populations are still very high, and they can be very aggressive to humans if they feel threatened.”
Jefri said eight pigs were killed on the day and 20 dogs were injured, some of them severely, in the 15m by 30m arena.
Despite strong local support, animal right activists have been mounting pressure on the government to crackdown on the games.
Indonesia Animal Welfare Society spokesperson Marison Guciano, 35, said: “This is animal torture. The bloody battle often either ends with the death of the dog or the wild boar,”
“Wild boars are pests, but torturing them in forcing them to fight dogs in this way is cruel. The people overseeing “adu bagong” are criminals”
“The West Java government has issued a ban on “adu bagong”. In some places, the arenas have been shut down by police, but some contests continue in secret.”
“We will continue to monitor “adu bagong”. If we see this vile “sport” occurring again, we will report it to the police.”