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.
What is cockfighting?
Cockfighting is a centuries-old blood sport in which two or more specially bred birds, known as gamecocks, are placed in an enclosed pit to fight, for the primary purposes of gambling and entertainment. A typical cockfight can last anywhere from several minutes to more than half an hour and usually results in the death of one or both birds.
Left to themselves, roosters almost never hurt each other badly. In cockfights, on the other hand, the birds often wear razor-sharp blades on their legs and get injuries like punctured lungs, broken bones and pierced eyes—when they even survive.
Sadly, people often bring young children to cockfights. Seeing adults relish such brutality can teach kids to enjoy violence and think that animal suffering is okay.
- The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)Find out more about Cock Fighting and its history:
Cock Fighting Fact Sheet
- HSUSCock Fighting
- HSUSCock Fighting
There are two ways of helping to bring this horrible animal cruelty to an end right here in your own city.
Contact CMPD's Crime Stoppers
to report any suspicious cock fighting activities.
Contact The Humane Society of the United States
to report cock fighting.
*The HSUS and Crime Stoppers offer cash rewards only
when tips lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in a dog fighting or cock fighting investigation.*
Signs of cockfighting could include:
- Chickens being bred and kept outside of a farm setting in unsafe or unsanitary conditions
- A large number of roosters tethered to a crude shelter or confined in pens
- Roosters whose combs, wattles, or natural spurs have been cut off
- Untreated wounds and/or other signs of neglect
- The sound of roosters crowing in remote areas, coupled with many people coming and going
- Cockfighting magazines, such as The Gamecock, The Feather Warrior, and Grit & Steel