Thailand has a different attitude towards animals and insects.
A friend of mine suggested to his Thai wife that they neuter one of their cats and she was abhorred. Her response, “would you want that done to you?”
The same friend had a wasp nest appear outside the common stairwell in their high rise. In the U.S., fumigators would be called in and the nest eradicated. In Thailand, they put up a net to keep the wasps out of the stairway and leave the wasps alone to live out their lives doing their wasp thing.
The Thai attitude is let the cats and wasps be cats and wasps they way nature intended.
The same attitude manifests itself with the packs of semi-wild dogs that roam Bankgok streets. In the U.S., some bitter old biddy, wannabe moral crusader riding their high horse, or someone who just isn’t happy and isn’t enjoying their life, who is mad other people are having a party and they aren’t invited, would go off about the dogs attacking people, the spread of diseases, blah blah blah, they would go to their out of control local government, and some weak willed, no spine, local liberal politician with a nanny mentality would have the dogs rounded up and put down.
Nasty shit when you think about it–especially if you happen to be a dog.
The same attitude manifests itself in Thai women’s attitudes toward the packs of semi-wild farangs roaming The Reservation. In the U.S., some old bitter biddy would go off and the farangs would be rounded up and tossed out of the country. Or you would end up with the ridiculous shit that exists in The World, e.g. strip bars where the girls are not allowed to take off their clothes and $20 lap dances where the dancer has to stay 12 inches away from your lap.
Makes you wonder who the true nature lovers and environmentalists are — the professional environmentalists who wear their views on their sleeves, wastes tons of money drinking organic water and range free chicken, and make a living getting money from the taxpayers to support their “cause” or everyday Thai people with their mai bpen rai attitudes.
Anyway here are some pics of the local chicken fights.
This most likely wasn’t a marquee match, because of the low crowd interest and lack of gambling.
I am not a knowledgeable chicken fighting fan but I think the chicken whose head is hidden under the other chickens wing is losing. Maybe Raul from Panama can fill us in on the finer points of chicken fighting and betting. I think chicken fighting is as ubiquitous in Central America as it is in Thailand.
Anyway, it’s nice to come to Thailand–where the chickens are allowed to be chickens and do their chicken thing and where dogs are allowed to roam free and do their dog thing.