Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Visiting a "fighting" Rooster Game Farm
(Picture shows the "imported" roosters mostly from The Philippines)
Over the week end, I accepted an invitation to come to this "great place" and have a 1st hand look at a Game Farm, resembling like those found in The Philippines.
Not many of us were fortunate that day as the Owner is not that "friendly" towards strangers. It’s for Invited Guests only. Not open to public viewing and it’s very far away from the city area.
There must have been hundreds of "fighting" roosters of all sizes. The ones with a marking (a clip) on their wing are "imported" birds.
The selling price could reach RM 5,000 for the imported roosters and the "local ones" cost RM500! The local birds have imported "parents" so you can't really tell the different.
You have to rear them for about 2-3 months before they peak, because you have to look at their current fighting form before you dare venture and answer the challenge!
These days are unlike those of yester-years where during most Gawai Dayak Festival, the Government authorities will issue a Permit, sometimes for up to 3 months.
If you're caught cock-fighting today, the Fine can be costly in the region of RM200-800 and probably you have to spend a night or two in a Police cell, to add insult (salt) to injury!
Today, the lovers of these bloody-sports have specially designed "hide-outs" where only the invited guests can join the game. The session is held mostly in the afternoon after lunch hour. On Sunday, they start early till evening.
The "organisers" are mostly gangsters (if I may use the Term) who control and act as Head. Usually they have other forms of gambling while waiting for the next round of fight.
The Ibans love the sports. It is a part of our Culture and NO MONEY are involved then.
Nowadays, the Chinese are betting up to RM50,000 into each fight, sometimes even more.
This Game is BIG Money today, although the authorities keep on pursuing them wherever they go.
This Game involves all walks of life, a YB, a Dato … anybody who loves this bloodied sports!
(This is where they are left to fend for themselves against all-weather conditions, as a part of their "training")
(The "young ones" are placed here until ready to face the outside world)
(The "Flying Pen" is for those that are ready for a fight, as a part of their "training" and they are kept here for about a week or two before transfered to a cage)
( Some of the "locals" but they have "imported parents")
(This is where they breed them, and mostly the "daddy" is of imported pedigree with imported "wives")
I apologise to those Animal Lovers out there. You will say "this is cruel" but what others do for a living, its is their right to earn a livelihood through the sports.
The industry provides opportunities & work like any businesses around us today although gambling is illegal in Malaysia!
I would not say I support this sports, so its entirely up to you to think what's right or wrong.
I hope all of you have enjoyed reading this article