Stallion fighting has been illegal in the Philippines since 1998 but these horses were pictured yesterday, brutally fighting as hundreds of local onlookers cheered the animals on and enjoyed the show.
The pictures were taken in T'boli, in the south of the Philippines where the villagers were watching a blood bath in honour of the annual Seslong Festival which celebrates local culture.
Not only is the sport wheeled out in front of hundreds, despite its illegal nature, it is also even advertised on local tourism websites.
The sport involves two stallions fighting over a mare on heat. The battle continues until one of the stallions gives up or one of the horses is killed.
Villagers then place bets on which horse they think is more likely to win.
The mare meanwhile is tied to a rope in the middle of the ring, defenceless as the males fight over her.
Source: The Daily Mail, 11 March 2014, http://goo.gl/n5QTqf; All Images: Getty Images.