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Minister plans new law on animal fighting to attract visitors

Minister plans new law on animal fighting to attract visitors

BANGKOK: Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin has ordered the drafting of new standards for animal fights and racing to attract visitors, raise the value of the animals and boost tax revenue.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 28 February 2023, 09:07AM

A crowd enjoys a cock fight at a licensed ring in Bangkok in 2015. Photo: Bangkok Post / File photo

A crowd enjoys a cock fight at a licensed ring in Bangkok in 2015. Photo: Bangkok Post / File photo

Mr Somsak said yesterday (Feb 27) that officials would collaboratively draft the new law. It would cover animal fighting and racing with legalised gambling, and pave the way for the development of pedigrees to increase the value of the animals, reports the Bangkok Post.

The minister said this followed the Interior Ministry giving approval for provincial governors to resume local competitions such as bull, cock and fish fighting and horse racing, together with related gambling.

“It will be a soft power that will stimulate the Thai economy and attract foreign tourists. Animal competitions in the various regions are a long-standing lifestyle and tradition for Thais,” Mr Somsak said.

“The new law will be beneficial to people. Sports animals such as bulls and cocks can be exhibited for tourists. There will be internationally accepted rules for the fights... This will attract visitors, and more admission fees will be collected,” the justice minister said.

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He also foresaw the development of pedigrees for the bulls, cocks and horses involved, which he said would raise their value.

“I want all sections of the ministry to collaborate,” Mr Somsak said.

“As for gambling, it we legalise it, have online platforms and collect tax, the state will earn revenue for national development... Once the law comes into effect, it will benefit many villagers and farmers,” Mr Somsak said.

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Kurt | 01 March 2023 - 08:48:57

Thailand doesn't become a hub of animal cruelty. Thailand, in 2023, IS still a hub of animal cruelty. Confirmed by Min Somsak. His immoral and unethical thinking/acting says it all. Not a single thought/word about animal welfare. His handling reflexts which God they worship here. Mammom, the God of the money.

Darren179 | 01 March 2023 - 07:20:49

Shame on you

Nasa12 | 28 February 2023 - 20:00:24

@ Capricornball, it’s nothing in the head of this people, it’s like a football. 

Pooliekev | 28 February 2023 - 16:33:30

Why has China got to be attracted to this 'sport' other than projected barbarism? It isn't popular in China at all, whereas dog fighting is a growth industry in UK, bullfighting in Spain etc.  

Pascale | 28 February 2023 - 16:14:36

Why people think bullfighting  would attract only Chinese visitors ? Don't you know that bullfighting attracts a lot of people in some European or Latin American countries ?  

Kamala Pete | 28 February 2023 - 14:27:55

Perhaps Mr Samsak could be a contestant in knife and cudgel fights for our amusement?  Or  maybe "Parliamentary Gladiators" in fights to the death would help in making Thailand the "Land of Blood Sports"

Mj | 28 February 2023 - 12:16:13

Another Thai Minister without a Brain. How many are they ?
This will probably only attract the Chinese and Thai.
If Western people will know that Thailand allowed this kind of cruelty many of them will chose another country to spend their holiday and money

Capricornball | 28 February 2023 - 12:08:44

I really can't believe I'm reading this. Khun Somsak needs have his head examined. There are going to be so many global animal rights organizations up in arms over this (as there should be) and the result will bring a 1000000 times the global condemnation of Thailand then the few barbaric people (i.e. Chinese) that will have an interest in this. Unbelievably shameful proposal

Fascinated | 28 February 2023 - 10:42:29

How positively barbaric. Does this mean Thailand is now going to be a hub of animal cruelty? It really is cock and bull- few foreigners (other than the Chinese) will have any interest in this.

JohnC | 28 February 2023 - 10:33:34

What an idiot! This stupid idea is more likely to deter visitors from wanting to come to a country that condones violence against animals. The type of people this would attract are NOT worthwhile inhabitants of this planet.


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