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
April 21, 2015
By overwhelming majorities, the Tennessee General Assembly has sent legislation to Gov. Bill Haslam that significantly strengthens penalties for attending an animal fight or bringing a child to an animal fight.
April 1, 2015
The Tennessee House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee today passed an anti-animal fighting bill, which previously passed the full Tennessee Senate.
March 29, 2015
Authorities in Marlboro County, South Carolina, broke up an active cockfight Saturday night, resulting in the arrest of 27 suspected cockfighters and the rescue of 122 gamefowl and one emaciated dog with 10 pups.
March 4, 2015
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 195-0 to pass HB 164, which outlaws possession of animal fighting paraphernalia.