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TOKYO – A bizarre form of entertainment is gaining an audience via the Internet. Not for the squeamish!

Insect fighting is a common sport found in East and Southeast Asia, predominantly in China, Japan and Thailand. It actually dates back hundreds of years to the Tang dynasty, as a Chinese pastime for the aristocratic class.

However, curious viewers in other parts of the world can now get a glimpse as well. The most popular website is “Japanese Bug Fights“, a site that hosts a 30-part series. Beware! These videos are not for the faint-hearted!

The 30 matches consists of pairs such as:

Cave Centipede vs. Cricket

Tarantula vs. African Cave Spider

Stag Beetle vs. Scorpion

There are only three rules:

  1. Two bugs to a fight.
  2. Bug fights go on as long as they have to.
  3. No outside weapons in bug fights

Beetles ultimately win the championship, with 7 wins and only 2 losses.

While some find it entertaining, others are very critical of the idea.

What do you think? Is it a form of animal cruelty?