Fighting Chickens

Disclaimer: This article does not endorse the use of chickens in fights for entertainment. Any mention of cockfights or similar events is only for informative purposes.

Fighting chickens, mainly roosters, are game fowl specifically reared to be pitted against each other in a ring called a cockpit. The earliest recorded instance of chickens fighting each other for human entertainment comes from the Indus Valley Civilization around 2500 BC. 

Nowadays most countries have restricted or outright banned chickens from fighting for entertainment or money, as it is a cruel way of treating the birds and often involves equipping the bird’s claws with metal spurs for extra goriness. People still raise and breed these chicken varieties – not to make them fight but to participate in exhibitions or shows.

Fighting Chickens

List of Different Fighting Chicken Breeds

  • American Game
  • Asil
  • Ayam Cemani
  • Blueface Hatch
  • Brown Red Game
  • Claret
  • Gray Game
  • Hatch
  • Hatch Twist
  • Kelso
  • Leiper Hatch
  • Malay Gamefowl
  • Modern Game
  • Old English Game
  • Peruvian
  • Pumpkin Hulsey
  • Radio
  • Lacy Roundhead
  • Shamo
  • Spanish Gamefowl
  • Sumatra
  • Sweater
  • Thai Game

Current Overview of Rooster Fighting Around the Globe

Despite being a bloodsport, there are still countries where roosters fight for entertainment. Notable ones include:

  • Cuba – Legal, though gambling on them is banned.
  • France – Mostly banned but allowed to continue in a few places where the tradition has existed. No new arena construction is allowed,
  • India – While cockfighting is banned, it still takes place sometimes in the southern part of the country during festivals.
  • Indonesia – Partially banned. Betting on cockfights is illegal except for religious reasons, but it isn’t always strictly enforced.
  • Mexico – While banned in the capital, Mexico City, cockfighting persists throughout Mexico, taking place in fairs and similar places.
  • Pakistan – Betting on fighting chickens is illegal, but local law enforcement rarely enforces the law or takes action.
  • Peru – Legal but controlled. Attempts have been made to ban cockfights, but they have been overturned.
  • Philippines – Legal but controlled. As cockfighting has been a part of the Philippines’ history since time immemorial, it persists and takes place in arenas and on holidays.
  • Spain – Legal in only two regions – Andalusia and the Canary Islands, though it is becoming rarer in the former.
  • Vietnam – Legal. While initially popular among people in certain parts of the country, rooster fights have spread throughout Vietnam.

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