Cock Fighting Suspended Over Bird Flu
Tue February 3, 2004 11:55 AM ET

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai fans of cock fighting, a sport popular in both town and countryside, will have to wait to place their next bet until the bird flu epidemic is over, the government said Tuesday.

Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphana said cock fighting had been banned temporarily because of fears the birds were often taken long distances to their sand-pit arenas and might spread the avian influenza which has now hit 10 Asian countries.

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Terrible, terrible... thing, this 'sport'


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