DogfightDog fighting is one of Afghanistan's unofficial national sports. During the Taliban time, it was forbidden to practice this sport, but since the Taliban lost power in 2001 the sport has grown rapidly and big money is earn and spend during the fighting events, most through bedding. On a field outside the capital of Kabul every Friday morning people gather for the dogfights during the winter season. Thousand of people come and watch the fights. The sport has always been big in Afghanistan, but banned under the Taliban regime. The dogs meet in the middle of a large circle and kept by their owners until Mirren (The leader of the fight) gives the star signal. He is also the only one who can break up a fight. The length of the fight depends on the fact if they find a clear winner. The dogs normally don’t kill each other in the ring but often the injuries after the fights are so bad that some dogs do die. The owners buy their dogs for big money, sometimes for more than $ 10,000 and the more wealthy owners use professional trainers in order to achieve the best results with their dogs. The dogs eat special diet’s to be able to fight as good as possible. In Afghanistan, there are no laws to protect animals and the popularity of dogfights has increased the last few years.