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
June 30, 2015
The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously voted to close the remaining loophole in the state’s laws on animal fighting by passing HB 164, which outlaws possession of animal fighting paraphernalia.
June 9, 2015
More than 250 birds were rescued by authorities in Odenton, Maryland, on Monday as part of an investigation into a suspected cockfighting operation.
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.