But it was during Magellan’s voyage of discovery of the Philippines in 1521 when modern cockfighting was first witnessed and documented by Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan’s chronicler, in the kingdom of Taytay. Supporters of cockfighting are vowing to fight back against the ban. Puerto Rico’s main cockfighting association, Club Gallistico de Puerto Rico, and other prominent leaders from the cockfighting industry on the island have also been organizing to combat the ban. Legal cockfighting vanished from the U. S. mainland in 2008 when Louisiana became the last state to ban the blood sport, but it is still permissible in U. S. territories. In Puerto Rico, the sport has been officially allowed since 1933, but dates back to the 1700s when the island was a Spanish colony. The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law last month, bans cockfighting in all U. S. territories beginning in December of the current year. In case you don’t know wild roosters will fight each other regardless.
Even though Oklahoma outlawed cockfighting back in 2002, we are occasionally reminded that the cruel and barbaric practice still thrives in certain parts of the state, usually in spots that have lower than normal literacy rates. In fact, the practice of breeding and training fighting cocks in Oklahoma looks like it’s never been stronger. Why do roosters fight, it is often asked of cockfighters. Some say violence is their nature, that the rooster’s instinct is to fight another rooster to protect his hens, his chicks, his family. Others say that roosters are bred to fight by their owners, that their fighting instincts are unnatural and ingrained in them by humans, who pit them against one another for their own financial gain.
At India’s ‘Sun God’ festival in 2012, the local Bharatiya Janata Party district committee campaigned for the right to have cock-fights. This was then agreed by local police if it took place inside the temples.
And like another poster pointed out, the folks that raise them love their roosters and treat them extremely well, especially when compared to your meat-eatin’ birds that get so fat that they cannot stand up. Do some, or even most of em end up getting killed, yes…. but so does every other chicken out there. And I guarantee you that if the roosters could talk they’d rather go out with a fighting chance doing what they love. On Tuesday, former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson announced that he was asking U. S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester to investigate the allegations of trafficking animals to Guam, illegally possessing fighting animals, and engaging in other illegal conduct.
In either case, it seems the fighting rooster has had no choice at all. The next day Bryant ไก่ชน held court at the church office, where a line of people waited to speak to them.
A cockfight is a blood sport between two cocks, or gamecocks, held in a ring called a cockpit. The history of raising fowl for fighting goes back 6, 000 years.