Inside the gruesome world of dogfighting in Kabul

  • Many dog owners attend a weekly dogfighting events on Friday's in Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Sport was banned under the Taliban after being labelled 'un-Islamic', but has now experienced a resurgence 
  • It's a very popular sport during the winter month and public matches are held between November and March
  • Extremely large breeds such as Mastiffs and Afghan herding dogs are most commonly used in the fights

By Rachael Burford For Mailonline

Published: 10:43 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 11:10 EST, 17 February 2017

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Shocking photographs show the gruesome world of dog fighting, which has again become a popular form of public entertainment in Afghanistan. 

The sport was banned under the Taliban after being labelled 'un-Islamic', but it is now experiencing a resurgence in the country.

Many dog owners attend weekly fights in the Paghman district of Kabul. The blood matches are held on Fridays, which is a holiday day in the country.

The hulking dogs risk great injury but do not usually fight until death. Often the battle will only finish when one dog pins another, or one runs away.

Fighting season is between November and March as it is said the animal's wounds heal more quickly in colder weather. 

A referee oversees the action while spectators gather around a makeshift ring and watch the two dog owners set their pets on each other.

Extremely large breeds such as Mastiffs and Afghan herding dogs are most commonly used in the extremely competitive fights where winners can command prize money in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Shocking photographs taken in the Paghman district of Kabul show the gruesome world of dog fighting, which has again become a popular form of public entertainment. Many dog owners attend weekly fights usually held on Fridays Shocking photographs taken in the Paghman district of Kabul show the gruesome world of dog fighting, which has again become a popular form of public entertainment. Many dog owners attend weekly fights usually held on Fridays

Shocking photographs taken in the Paghman district of Kabul show the gruesome world of dog fighting, which has again become a popular form of public entertainment. Many dog owners attend weekly fights usually held on Fridays

The sport was banned under the Taliban after being labelled 'un-Islamic',  but is now experiencing a resurgence in the country.  The sport was banned under the Taliban after being labelled 'un-Islamic',  but is now experiencing a resurgence in the country. 

The sport was banned under the Taliban after being labelled 'un-Islamic', but is now experiencing a resurgence in the country. 

The hulking d ogs risk great injury but do not usually fight until death. Often the battle will only finish when one dog pins another, or one runs away The hulking d ogs risk great injury but do not usually fight until death. Often the battle will only finish when one dog pins another, or one runs away

The hulking d ogs risk great injury but do not usually fight until death. Often the battle will only finish when one dog pins another, or one runs away

 A referee will oversee the action while spectators gather around a makeshift ring and watch the two dog owners set their pets on each other  A referee will oversee the action while spectators gather around a makeshift ring and watch the two dog owners set their pets on each other

 A referee will oversee the action while spectators gather around a makeshift ring and watch the two dog owners set their pets on each other

Extremely large breeds such as Mastiffs and Afghan herding dogs are most commonly used in the extremely competative fights Extremely large breeds such as Mastiffs and Afghan herding dogs are most commonly used in the extremely competative fights

Extremely large breeds such as Mastiffs and Afghan herding dogs are most commonly used in the extremely competative fights

The dog fighting season in Afganistan is between November and March as it is said the animal's wounds heal more quickly in colder weather The dog fighting season in Afganistan is between November and March as it is said the animal's wounds heal more quickly in colder weather

The dog fighting season in Afganistan is between November and March as it is said the animal's wounds heal more quickly in colder weather

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