Cockfighters reap Year of Rooster bonus in Thailand

Cockfighters reap Year of Rooster bonus in Thailand

By natasha howitt

BANGKOK, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Prized birds faced off in front of thousands of spectators at a stadium near Thailand's capital on Sunday as celebrations for the Year of the Rooster brought a windfall for some.

Although cockfighting is banned in many countries on grounds of animal cruelty, it is a lucrative business in Thailand as well as a popular pastime. Sunday's top bird sold for over $70,000.

"This year is a very good...

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