What do you think of when you want
entertainment? A good TV show, walk in the park, basketball with
your friends ?
Unfortunately, some people think of
Chicken fighting is a cruel type of
entertainment in which two specially bred roosters fight until one
You may think this is not
entertaining at all, but for thousands of years millions of people
have participated in this cruel
Even in old Greece people attended chicken
fights for entertainment. And, from the earliest age people
knew how to breed special roosters who would then fight. Only
certain types of chicken are good for fighting. Fighting
roosters are specially trained and prepared for fighting. Often
people cut ofwattle and combs from the roosters
when they are young. This is done because these parts "dangle" and
can get in the way during the fight. Roosters are also sometimes
given drugs to make them stronger. The rooster fighting probably
began when people realized that roosters are very aggressive
towards other roosters. The fight takes place in a small ring
called gallodrome. Each rooster is handled by their owner.
Usually people bet on who will be the winner. Sometimes the
roosters are equipped with sharp spikes or even knives attached to
their feet. These spikes can hurt the other bird. Other times they
are left without spikes and knives. But this is even more cruel
because the fight can last for hours. The bird that survives the
fight is the winner.
PEOPLE AGAINST CHICKEN
PEOPLE FOR CHICKEN
some people consider chicken fighting animal cruelty, others think
it is a sport and part of their culture. Those who feel that this
is a cruelty point out that roosters would not naturally behave in
this way. While roosters are naturally aggressive, they only fight
over food or space. In addition, the fights are to
create a "pecking order" and not to kill the
other breed. Therefore, people are making roosters kill each other
just for their pleasure! The birds bones are crushed and eyes poked
- and they still have to fight because there is no escape.
These birds also cannot live with other chicken and are often
placed on a chain. Finally, placing spurs and knives on their
makes the fight bloody, painful and cruel.
|There are also those who see roosters
fighting as a traditional activity and part of their culture.
Fighting has been known for over 3,000 years! It was enjoyed
in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It was also very popular
in medieval Europe. In many countries this activity was considered
noble and often the rooster fights became a national
sport. Also, scientists think that if the fighting is
outlawed completely several breeds of chicken may become
extinct. Therefore, they believe that chicken fighting should be
allowed and considered a sport that people enjoy.
LAWS ABOUT CHICKEN FIGHTS
laws against chicken fighting were first passed in 19th century.
Today many places in the world outlaw the chicken fights. Some
places outlaw it because it is cruel to animals and some places
outlaw it because of gambling that goes along. However, many places
in the world still allow fighting to go on. In the
United States there are only two states that still allow
fighting. Those are New Mexico and Louisiana. Puerto Rico and Guam,
which are US territories, also allow it. But, despite of laws the
rooster fighting still continues all over United States. The
chicken fighting is still found in Canada, although all animal
fighting is illegal in there. Chicken fighting is
widespread in Asian countries and it is a great concern there
because of the spread of the Avian Flu.