In the Philippines, Cockfighting Is a Billion Dollar Industry

The 6,000-year­-old sport also kills an estimated 30 million roosters a year.

by VICE Staff
13 November 2018, 1:00am

In the Philippines, the 6,000-year­-old sport of cockfighting has been transformed into a fully ­legal billion-dollar industry. Known locally as sabong, it takes place in 2,500 dedicated stadiums across the country.

In 2015, VICE hit the cockpits and hatcheries of Manila where we met the breeders, trainers, and philosophers who help make sabong one of the Philippines' national obsessions.

This article originally appeared on VICE US.

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