A boxing promotion in Thailand is facing the fingerwag for training orangutans to participate in boxing, carrying ring cards, and ringing the bell starting each round. My respect level for Thailand just plummeted. Safari World operate just outside of Bangkok, and were actually banned from operating in that country six years ago.
The apes kickbox each other as a spectacle for tourists in a show lasting more than 30 minutes, before being returned to their dark cages. It is not known how many orangutans have been captured and trained by Safari World.[..]
In 2004, the Thai government banned Safari World from conducting these controversial shows after the centre was found to be using illegally smuggled orangutans from Indonesia.–Daily Mail (UK).
I for one am glad to see the fight game working its way into the Asian mainstream. And really, if Michael Vick would have thought to put boxing gloves on his dogs, he probably could have saved himself a lot of trouble. Things are always better with gloves on, unless you’re talking about the Nintendo Power Glove. That thing was such a piece of junk. More pics after the jump.