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The controversial practice of cockfighting is extremely popular on the island-nation of Madagascar. Many people in the country make a living breeding roosters as well as placing bets in weekly tournaments.

On any given weekend, the residents of Madagascar's capital Antananarivo gather for their weekly cockfighting competitions.

Cock fighting in Madagascar dates back to the 18th century when it entertained the Royal family. Still practiced all over the island of Madagascar for entertainment, it is also a source of income for many breeders.

The ancient practice has been outlawed in many countries due to the injuries sustained by the birds. However, it is not only accepted here; it is flourishing.

ike other animals bred for fighting, the roosters are given extra attention. They are carefully washed, bandaged and given medication when they fall sick.

The one year old ring is one of the three permanent structures made for the game. The business rakes in huge profits from admissions and gambling fees.

A lot of people here have brought their roosters to fight, but others just come to bet. Each owner will have to negotiate directly with the opponent's owner for a fight as well as the amount to bet on the match. Unlike in the village, gambling here is serious business with huge fees for the fighters and the gamblers.

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