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 15, 2016
The U.S. Sentencing Commission announced new guidelines to significantly increase the penalties for both dogfighting and cockfighting, bringing the penalties more in line with the 2014 Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.
April 13, 2016
An investigation prompted by an anonymous tip led local authorities to a suspected cockfighting operation in Fort Gay, West Virginia, on Tuesday.
March 31, 2016
West Virginia Gov. Ed Tomblin signed a bill significantly increasing fines for participating in or attending an animal fight and enacting felony-level penalties for repeat offenders. HB 4201 also prohibits gambling on an animal fight, bringing a minor to an animal fight and possessing or training an animal for fighting.
March 14, 2016
With a vote of 31-2, the West Virginia Senate has passed legislation to upgrade the state’s law on dogfighting and cockfighting.