The Cockfighters

Whether you approve of it or not, cockfighting is big business in Southeast Asia. The sport is televised in the Philippines, whilst in Thailand gamblers bet huge amounts - over $100,000 - on fights. I spent the afternoon at a cockfighting 'gym' in Bangkok's Khlong Thoey 'slum' district in August 2018 to find out more about cockfighting and the men behind it, and whilst I can take or leave it as a spectacle, I was touched by the obvious affection between the men and their birds.