Cockfighting: Rodeo and New York

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Cockfighting

Cockfighting—a blood sport in which two roosters specifically bred for aggressiveness are placed beak to beak in a small ring and encouraged to fight to the death—has been around for centuries. Roosters were first bred for fighting in Southeast Asia more than 3,000 years ago, and cockfighting later spread to Greece, Rome and Britain before crossing the Atlantic about 200 years ago. The brutal “sport" found popularity in North, South and Central Americas, and was particularly prevalent in Colonial New York, Philadelphia and Boston. By the 1800s, it had spread to the South and West Coast—but by this time, people had begun to realize how cruel it was, and many states banned it. Today, cockfighting is a crime in all 50 states and
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Is cockfighting illegal in the U.S.?
Yes, Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states and a felony offense in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The possession of birds for fighting purposes is prohibited in 34 states and the District of Columbia.
Is it illegal to be a spectator at a cockfight?
If there is illegal gambling and drugs, yes. Being a spectator at a cockfighting event is illegal in 41 states and the District of Columbia—it is a misdemeanor charge.
Is cockfighting a legal industry in other countries?
Cockfighting is still popular and prevalent in many other countries, such as France, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Belgium, Spain, Haiti, Italy and Malaysia. Many of these countries have well-established arenas with seats or bleachers for spectators surrounding the ring, similar to a wrestling or boxing area. Numerous fights might be held throughout the day, with attendees betting on which birds will lose. Parents often bring along their children for what is considered a day of fun for the entire family. Although there is growing opposition in these countries, cockfighting is still highly popular to the majority who see it as part of their culture.

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