September 17, 2012, Bozhou - Recently a dog market in East China's Anhui Province has drawn national attention. Different from other dog markets in the province, the Bozhou dog market is also the place where the blood sport of dog fighting takes place.
September 16 was a Sunday when the dog market on the Yaocao street of Bozhou City of Anhui Province opens. Early in the morning, dogs and other pets, looking lovingly, fierce, strong or robust, are brought here by their human masters. Some of the dogs are for sale, others are for the traditional blood sport in the city: dogfight, which usually draws a large crowd of onlookers. With the dogs yelling, barking at and biting into the skin of each other, cheers and shouts of joy of the growing number of spectators can be heard tens of meters away.
Local residents told reporter that the free dog market opens on every Sunday and has a history of more than thirty years and that it is the destination for those dog lovers to look for treasures.
The report and pictures of the dogfight, as soon as circulated on the Chinese internet, have drawn criticism from dog lovers and those Chinese caring for animal welfare. Some condemn the dog fighting sport is too cruel and violent for the pets and should be banned as animal abuse. Sure there are also many Chinese who do not oppose this sport citing the fact that dogfight has been a traditional sport for at least a thousand years in China.