Cockfighting is a blood sport due in some part to the physical trauma the cocks inflict on each other, which is sometimes increased by attaching metal spurs to the cocks’ natural spurs. While not all fights are to the death, the cocks may endure significant physical trauma. In some areas around the world, cockfighting is still practiced as a mainstream event; in some countries it is regulated by law, or forbidden outright. Advocates of the “age old sport” often list cultural and religious relevance as reasons for perpetuation of cockfighting as a sport.
Game fowl hunting is alive and well in America. Nearly 20 years ago, Oklahoma made the sport of cockfighting a federal crime, but since then, the state is now one of the biggest importers of game fowl for sale in the country, as a result of a strong national animal rights lobby. Many states, including New Mexico, have banned cockfighting, but the majority of states’ laws are not enforced. For that reason, there is a great opportunity for someone who wants to hunt down a pair of gobblers or quail to be able to do so legally and safely. To find game fowl for sale in any state, you will need to consult with the local game and fish offices. If a game bird is held in stock, you can usually have it seized and sold on public auction.
Cockfights often end with the death of one of the competitors, and many involve spurs that are attached to the cock’s feet. Critics also note that cockfighting often is tied to illegal gambling activities, and that the birds typically are given illegal drugs to increase their fighting ability and stamina. Recognized sports aside, fighting is often illegal for one or more of the following reasons: There is no social utility in having people “settle their differences” through fisticuffs. Street fights raise broader issues such as excessive drinking, public intoxication, rowdiness, and public disturbances.