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Feathers fly over Thailand's lucrative cockfighting pits

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For some in Thailand, cockfighting is as much a generations-old Thai tradition as it is big business. The country exports cocks to some neighbouring countries and buyers arriving from as far afield as France and Bahrain.

Bangkok

THE cry of roosters drowns out the roar of engines beneath a Bangkok flyover as all eyes are trained on two sparring birds, a bloody, high-stakes battle in a country where cockfighting is big business.

The birds do not usually fight to the death, as in many parts of the