Cockfight

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A cockfight is a blood sport between two roosters (cocks), held in a ring called a cockpit. Cockfighting is now illegal throughout most of the United States, Brazil and in most of Europe.[1]

The combatants, aptly referred to as gamecocks, are specially bred birds, conditioned for increased stamina and strength. The comb and wattle are cut off in order to meet show standards of the American Gamefowl Society and the Old English Game Club and to prevent freezing in colder climates. Cocks possess congenital aggression toward all males of the same species. Cocks are given the best of care until near the age of two years old. They are conditioned, much like professional athletes prior to events or shows. Wagers are often made on the outcome of the match. While not all fights are to the death, the cocks do endure physical trauma that may result. In many other areas around the world, cockfighting is still practiced as a mainstream event; in some countries it is government controlled.

Cockfighting is considered a heinous blood sport by animal welfare and animal rights activists[2] and others, due in some part to the physical trauma the cocks inflict on each other. Advocates of the sport[who?] often list cultural and religious relevance as reasons for perpetuation of cockfighting as a sport.

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