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Sunday, February 7, 1999 Published at 09:56 GMT

World: Asia-Pacific

International cockfighting in Thailand

An international cockfighting championship has opened in Thailand, with a-hundred birds from eight Asian nations taking part.

Organisers of the event, in the southern province of Chon Buri, say they want to promote a more humane style of the blood sport; the use of spikes and razor blades is banned and a referee will stop the fight if a bird is injured.

There is also an official ban on gambling.

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