The cruel dogfights in northern China that organizers insist are just harmless ‘entertainment’.

Gathered in their hundreds, spectators crowd round to watch as two dogs are forced to fight to the death in barbaric cages.

These shocking scenes from northern China drew outrage from animal rights activists in the country, who have called for a change in the law to protect the canines.

But the local villagers who organised the event have defended the dogfights as necessary ‘entertainment’ in an isolated part of the country.

The dogfights, which lasted over several days, were organised by six villagers in Sanjiao village in Jishan county in northern China’s Shanxi province to mark the finale of the Spring Festival celebrations.

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