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:
- Two bugs to a fight.
- Bug fights go on as long as they have to.
- 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?