Cockfighting Outlawed in All U.S. States

July 2007

Following years of campaigning, a milestone was reached for animals when Louisiana joined the other 49 U.S. states in acknowledging that the cruel “sport” of cockfighting has no place in civilized society and passed a bill to ban it. Roosters used in cockfights are fitted with sharp razors called gaffes that tear through flesh and bone, causing agonizing and fatal injuries. The birds suffer broken wings and legs, punctured lungs, severed spinal cords, and gouged-out eyes. For the birds who suffer and die in these barbaric spectacles, this victory couldn’t have come soon enough.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind