In a cockfight, two roosters fight each other to the death while people place bets. Cockfighters let the birds suffer untreated injuries or throw the birds away like trash afterwards. Besides being cruel, cockfighting often goes hand in hand with gambling, drug dealing, illegal gun sales and murder.
Left to themselves, roosters rarely hurt each other badly. In cockfights, on the other hand, the birds often wear razor-sharp blades on their legs and incur injuries like punctured lungs, broken bones and pierced eyes—when they even survive.
Sadly, some people bring children to cockfights, which can teach kids to enjoy violence and think that animal suffering is okay.
Cockfighting happens in many kinds of neighborhoods and all around the country. It is a felony in only 40 states, which means that many states need to toughen up their laws. Get the facts on cockfighting »
News & Events
January 21, 2015
An Oklahoma state court will decide whether to limit Attorney General Scott Pruitt in his nearly yearlong campaign of political harassment and public vilification of The Humane Society of the United States.
December 29, 2014
Nearly 40 birds were rescued by authorities in Sullivan County, Tennessee, as part of an investigation into a suspected cockfighting operation.
May 12, 2014
To step up its fight against all forms of illegal animal cruelty, The Humane Society of the United States formed its National Law Enforcement Council comprising current and former law enforcement officers and prosecutors from across the country.
March 14, 2014
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a new law making the state the 50th to set felony penalties for malicious acts of animal cruelty. SB 46 also sets felony penalties for cockfighting, which is now a felony in 41 states and a misdemeanor in the other nine. The Humane Society of the United States strongly supported both upgrades to the state’s laws.