Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Yet another sign of the massive decline of moder society

My husband sent me this article and I had to share. This article was published by BBC in 2005:

Lion Mutilates 42 Midgets in Cambodian Ring-Fight

Tickets had been sold-out three weeks before the much anticipated fight, which took place in the city of Kâmpóng Chhnãng.

The fight was slated when an angry fan contested Yang Sihamoni, President of the CMFL, claiming that one lion could defeat his entire league of 42 fighters.

Sihamoni takes great pride in the league he helped create, as was conveyed in his recent advertising campaign for the CMFL that stated his midgets will "... take on anything; man, beast, or machine."

This campaign is believed to be what sparked the undisclosed fan to challenge the entire league to fight a lion; a challenge that Sihamoni readily accepted.

An African Lion (Panthera Leo) was shipped to centrally located Kâmpóng Chhnãng especially for the event, which took place last Saturday, April 30, 2005 in the city’s coliseum.

The Cambodian Government allowed the fight to take place, under the condition that they receive a 50% commission on each ticket sold, and that no cameras would be allowed in the arena.

The fight was called in only 12 minutes, after which 28 fighters were declared dead, while the other 14 suffered severe injuries including broken bones and lost limbs, rendering them unable to fight back.

Sihamoni was quoted before the fight stating that he felt since his fighters out-numbered the lion 42 to 1, that they “… could out-wit and out-muscle [it].”

Unfortunately, he was wrong.



I am really hoping that this was just a very small area of such ignorant people...if not, we are all surely doomed!

9 comments:

So said...

I am speechless. Wow.

Jillene said...

I feel as Shanna does....speechless.

Wendyburd1 said...

Soooo ahhh no words. My friend and his wife (well like fam not really a friend) are moving TO Cambodia in one week! I think they are insane

the letter Bee said...

Ugh. I can't believe people are THAT barbaric. Who do they think they are? Ancient Romans?

Mary said...

I was so amazed that any government would want to make money off of the death of their citizens. Because if you think about it...that fact that they didn't allow any cameras probably enticed these "people" to want to go even more.

Kristina P. said...

This is real? Really? Gads!

Jessica said...

What?! How can people be so stupid!

Irish Chicken Soup said...

I don't get it. I just don't understand what makes people think like that.

blueviolet said...

I don't even know what to say.