Fighting dogs fight against wild boar in Indonesia in horrifying sport

Fighting dogs are pitted against wild boar in Indonesia as hundreds gather to watch horrific blood sport where pit bulls are trained as pups to tear into exhausted swine

  • Fighting pit bulls and terriers are pitted against boar in the rural jungle of Indonesia’s West Java province 
  • Gamblers drink alcohol, prohibited by Shariah law, placing bets on how many bites a canine can inflict
  • ‘Adu bagong’ is a lucrative sport, with bets paying out over £1,000 and purebred pups selling for much more
  • Among the hundreds who gather around the bamboo arenas are biker gangs, and even police and soldiers 

Fighting dogs, trained as pups, are pitted against wild boar in a rural Indonesian province, despite the horrific blood sport arenas being outlawed.

Hundreds of spectators gather around the pits in West Java, placing bets of up to £120 on their favoured pit bulls and terriers for payouts in excess of £1,000.

‘Adu bagong’ – wild boar fighting – was banned by the regional governor Ahmad Herywan in 2017, but enforcement is left to mayors who turn a blind eye.

The battles began in the 1960s when wild boar numbers soared throughout the country and dogs were used to hunt the swine when they ravaged plantations.

A pit bill goes after a wild boar in one of the 65ft arenas which are knocked up with bamboo in the dense jungle of West Java province, Indonesia. One-one-one scraps are reserved for purebred pit bulls and while the tusks of the swine can inflict injury, it is the boar which suffers

Most of the canines are cross breeds of pit bulls and terriers. A sucessful breeder will hope to make back thousands if his dog proves successful in the arena, with the number of bites a dog can inflict dictating its price.

Puppies are seen at dog breeder Hajj Indra house in Tasikmalaya, West Java province, Indonesia. The animals are trained for agility and strength, to inflict damage to the boar while being able to preserve themselves in the muddy arenas they will fight in

Hundreds gather around an arena in West Java province. Despite the blood sport being outlawed two years ago, enforcement is left to local mayors and it often goes unpunished.

A young pit bull is put through its paces, shackled to a treadmill. The best breeders gain notoriety and court this popularity with social media posts of photos and videos to promote their team of canines, hoping for a buyer to come in

But the tradition is upheld to this day, breeders having become fond of training their canines to become ferocious, agile killers.

Today, the dogs are not pitted to kill the tusked beasts, but cash prizes are awarded for the number of wounds they can inflict on the boar.

One-one-one scraps are reserved for purebred pit bulls and while the tusks of the swine can inflict injury, it is the boar which suffers, the South China Morning Post reported.

Referees are often required to extract a dog’s jaws from the bleeding flesh of the boar who will be replaced by a fresh pig when they become too exhausted.

A dog inflicts a bite on the top of a boar’s snout, precariously close to its tusks while a referee watches on. The battles began in the 1960s when wild boar numbers soared throughout the country and dogs were used to hunt the swine when they ravaged plantations.

A pit bull leaps through the air to bite an exhausted boar. The swine will often retreat to the boggiest parts of the arena where the dogs are slowed down in the mud. Today, the dogs are not pitted to kill the tusked beasts, but cash prizes are awarded for the number of wounds they can inflict on the boar.

Indeed, it is the dog owners that must pay for the use of the boar, its transportation and a small fee for every wound their canine inflicts.

But successful breeders make a roaring trade, flogging their dogs for thousands of pounds once a reputation has been established.

In the social media age, the organisers post photos and videos on Instagram and messaging groups are used to rally people to the fights. 

A terrified boar kicks up dirt as a determined dog descends upon while spectators – some just children – watch on. The deafening squeals of the boar and the relentless barking of the pit bulls and terriers fills the air

A pit bull, its back rippled in muscles, sprints from the traps as it is released into the barbaric arena in Majalengka, West Java province. The dogs are trained on rubber tires and treadmills from a young age to prepare for the sport

A crossbreed prepares to latch onto a boar’s snout in the deep mud of the arena in Majalengka, West Java. The sport, known as ‘adu bagong’ – wild boar fighting – was banned by the regional governor Ahmad Herywan in 2017, but enforcement is left to mayors who turn a blind eye.

The barking of dogs is constant and the dank sweat of swine hangs in the air, as owners must hold their pit bulls on leashes. (pictured: Dog breeder Hajj Indra, with his dog at his house in Tasikmalaya, West Java) 

A dog bites at the rump of an exhausted boar within the arena. When the swine become too exhausted to carry on, they are replaced by fresh pigs whose deafening squeals fill the jungle air

Hundreds of people can be seen standing on scaffolding around the bamboo arena while the animals fight. Although Shariah law dictates a prohibition on alcohol, men relax with drinks and among the fans are motorbike gangs, women, children and even soldiers and policemen

Although Shariah law dictates a prohibition on alcohol, men relax with drinks and among the fans are motorbike gangs, women, children and even soldiers and policemen, sources told the Morning Post. 

The barking of furious dogs and the dank smell of sweating boar hangs in the air as owners struggle to hold their pit bulls which wildly strain against their leashes.

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