WHAT IS COCKFIGHTING?
cockfighting is a fight between male chickens (roosters), in which
people gamble on the outcome of the fight, and which always ends
in the death of one of the roosters. Razor-sharp knives called
gaffs, up to 3 1/2 inches long, are strapped to the birds
legs and cause deadly injuries to the opponents. Often doped up
on stimulants, the birds are tormented into anger by being held
face-to-face and are then dropped into a small pit to fight each
other. The metal weapons worn by the birds sink deep into the
birds flesh, so that the handlers sometimes have to pull
them apart several times in a single fight whenever one
bird isnt strong enough to pull free. Birds who lose the
fights are often considered nothing more than trash and are thrown
in "dead piles". Dead or dying, theyre simply
Mexico is one of only three states in which there is no statewide
law against cockfighting - Louisiana and Oklahoma are the only
other two states where cockfighting is allowed. To put the American
publics disgust for the "sport" of cock-fighting
in perspective, 30 states and the District of Columbia made cockfighting
illegal in the 1800s. An additional 13 made it illegal before
World War II. Twenty states make it a felony to organize or participate
in cock-fighting and 33 states make it illegal to be a spectator
at a cockfight. Although New Mexico has no statewide ban on cockfighting,
eleven counties and at least 27 municipalities in New Mexico have
banned cockfighting through local ordinances. The counties and
municipalities with bans are from throughout New Mexico, and include
areas that are both rural and urban. In addition, the combined
population of those counties and municipalities with bans represents
76% of the states population.
WRONG WITH COCKFIGHTING?
is offensive for humans to entertain themselves by watching two
animals hack each other apart. Cockfighting is a blood sport,
whose sole intention is to cause the death of one of the animals,
and as such should be banned by civilized societies. In recent
years, the public has seen undeniable evidence of the relationship
between cruelty to animals and violence against humans. Children
exposed to cockfights may be learning that its alright to
intentionally hurt animals for fun and that the animals are disposable
items. Hidden cameras at cockfights have shown children wringing
the necks of dying birds before flinging them into the trash.
Other children watching appeared to be torn between confusion,
pity and shame.
WOULD ANYONE JUSTIFY PARTICIPATING IN COCKFIGHTING?
history, many heinous things, such as slavery, child labor, and
the subjugation of native Americans and women were all strenuously
defended on the basis of tradition, culture, and even economics.
Animal fighting is no different. Some cockfighting enthusiasts
claim that local economies will benefit from the money spent by
participants in their communities and in local feed stores (for
chicken feed). However, economics does not justify the continuation
of a brutal sport which involves intentional cruelty to animals