The Outrage of Cockfighting
From staff reports
Cockle doodle doo! A rooster on a farm, right? That’s not the kind of rooster we're talking about. Imagine, roosters fighting with roosters and sharp beaks. Imagine dead roosters in the trash can. That’s what a cock fight is-- it's a secretive activity that everyone needs to know about. If everyone was aware that cockfighting exists, everyone could help bring the people who fight cocks to justice.
Cock fighting is a horrible crime. In every match, a rooster gets hurt or, most of the time, killed in the process. It is illegal everywhere in the United States, and a lot of the time people who are involved with cock fighting will get arrested if found. People come to cock fighting matches for simple reasons: gambling to make money, to watch animals die and for entertainment. Cock fighting can spread diseases. It happens like this… a cock gets hurt and gets blood in its lungs; the owner of the cock picks it up and sucks the blood out. They get the blood out of the cock’s lungs so it can breathe and fight longer. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website, people tend to get diseases from doing this, like bird flu.
Before each fight, the owners of the cocks put blades on the cock’s leg to help the cock kill the other cock. They are really sharp and they look like the blade part on a scythe. They probably buy them from a line of secret people who make the blades and sell them. Most of the time in a fight both cocks die but only one dies in the arena and the other dies soon after it leaves. They throw the dead cocks into garbage cans.
We watched a movie about cock fighting on the ASPCA website. It was scary seeing all the hurt and killed cocks. We discovered that if the police get there before or after the cock fight it will be too late. According to Jim Fulton from Asheville/Buncombe Humane Society, " It is not a pleasant death to the losing cock."
Jim Fulton was a nice man who we interviewed at the Asheville Humane Society shelter. According to him, “Cock fighting is an inhumane sport." He helps with roosters that come in from different places, and other animals. Another organization that can help is the Asheville Animal Control. According to Asheville Animal Services supervisor, Brenda Sears, "There's not much cock fighting activity right in Asheville" but they have visited a place where cockfighting took place outside the city. She says it's hard to prosecute because they have to catch people in the act. A sign that cockfighting is taking place is lots of small dog houses on the side of a hill that have colorful roosters in front of them. Animal Control and the Humane Society don't get many cocks in to the shelter, probably because it is so secret and maybe because the cocks are already dead.
If everyone was aware that cockfighting exists, even here in Buncombe County, everyone could help bring the people who fight cocks to justice by reporting what they see. According to Encyclopedia.com, cockfighting has been popular for hundreds of years and is still popular all around the world even in the United States. It is a very cruel sport and inhumane. It's also dangerous for the humans, who can get bird flu or be violent over the gambling. You can help by calling the Animal Control or the police at 911 if you hear anything about this horrible sport. People need to hear about this because it is cruel. Our group is outraged about cockfighting