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A Little Dog

These men believe that this little dog will be a fighting dog soon. A fighting dong with a winning record is actually may sell for as much as a new car. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and [...]

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Splash

Splash of dog’s saliva can be observed in an aggressive game Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as they don’t kill the dogs nor sell the dogs. A fighting dong with a winning record is actually may [...]

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Money and Police

Money changes hands rapidly in the crowd. Police is also involved in the arena to guarantee that the men don’t fight like their dogs. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as they don’t kill the dogs nor [...]

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Bloody

A fighting can be bloody, but normally the dogs are not let to kill the opponents. A fighting is usually stopped when a dog is obviously dominant against the other. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as [...]

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Fight Harder

Dog owners try their best to energize their dogs to fight harder. Fighting dogs are usually cut their ears deliberately by their owners, so it won’t be bitten by the enemy. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and [...]

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Cruel Face

Dog owners try their best to energize their dogs to fight harder. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as they don’t kill the dogs nor sell the dogs. A fighting dong with a winning record is actually [...]

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A Moment of Fear

A dog owner hugs his dog right before the fighting starts. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as they don’t kill the dogs nor sell the dogs. A fighting dong with a winning record is actually may [...]

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Partition

Two dogs are being separated by the ringmaster using a sheet of cloth before the fighting start. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as they don’t kill the dogs nor sell the dogs. A fighting dong with [...]

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Dogs Fight, Men Fight

It’s not uncommon that a dog fighting session is followed by the owners’ argument and their own fighting session. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as they don’t kill the dogs nor sell the dogs. A fighting [...]

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Snack, Anyone?

A boy is selling boiled eggs for the spectators in a dog fighting arena on outskirts of Kabul. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as they don’t kill the dogs nor sell the dogs. A fighting dong [...]

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A Big Business

Money changes hands rapidly in the crowd. While few Afghans admit to gambling, wagers are common, and a fighting dog may sell for as much as a new car. The ringmaster also earns huge tip from the winning dog owners. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as [...]

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A Winter Game

Dog fighting is usually held in the colder winter months, supposedly because the animals’ wounds tend to heal quickest in colder weather. These pictures were taken in March, as the last game in Kabul of the season. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about [...]

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A War Game in a War Country

Dog fighting is a free Friday entertainment for thousands of men and boys here, despite of being an illegal activity. Fights are also held at other public venues in some Afghan cities, and at times in private. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about [...]

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Aggressive Fighting

In Afghanistan they don’t fight the dogs until death. They usually stop the fighting right after one dog is obviously dominating the other one. Sometimes several men are required to stop the dogs from fighting. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money [...]

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As Huge As Human

Most of the dogs here are mastiffs and local breed mixes, which can be as tall as a man when standing up on their two legs. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as they don’t kill the [...]

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Saliva

Most Muslims all over the world agree that the saliva of a dog is najis (ritually impure), and that contact with a dog’s saliva requires one to wash seven times. But the belief does not really matter for the men here. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, [...]

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For the Sake of Fun

Dog fighting is considered an entertainment activity here, a country which has been suffering decades of wars, and where most people are not educated nor having enough choices of entertainment. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as [...]

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The Ringmaster

The old ringmaster is from Kandahar, yelling to energize the fighting arena. Only referees and dog owners are allowed to stand inside the fighting arenas. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as they don’t kill the dogs [...]

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Trained to Fight

Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20.000, and a fighting dong with a winning record is actually may sell for as much as a new car. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the pride, and as they don’t [...]

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An Entertainment for the Crowds

It is said that Afghans like to fight anything for their entertainment: dogs, chicken, birds, even boiled chicken eggs. Banned under the Taliban as un-Islamic, dog fighting has experienced a resurgence around Afghanistan. Kabul, 7 March 2008   Each Friday morning in cold winter months, thousands of men and boys gather on the outskirt of Kabul. While Friday is the day of prayer and rest for most humans in Afghanistan, it is the worst day for the dogs here; as these man gather for a favorite local pastime: dog fighting. Mastiffs and other large breed mixes can be found on the plain, with teeth barred in preparation of a barbaric entertainment for the local men. Dog fighting was banned under the Taliban, who condemned it as un-Islamic. The tradition makes a comeback after the fall of the regime, although it is still illegal under the current regime. Policemen can be seen around the arena, to guarantee that it’s only the dogs  and not any others are fighting here. Winners of the fighting may earn up to US$20,000, but a dog owner told me that it’s not haram (forbidden) at all in Islam, as it’s not about the money but the [...]

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