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Cockfighting Illegal in Louisiana - It's About Time!

By August 12, 2008

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A rooster pecks at his deceased, defeated opponent in a cockfight.
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On Friday, August 15, 2008, cockfighting will become illegal in Louisiana, making cockfighting illegal in all 50 states as well as Washington D.C. It's about time!

In 2007, the Louisiana state legislature passed a measure that banned cockfighting and gambling on cockfighting. The ban on gambling took effect immediately. The ban on cockfighting will take effect on Friday.

In a cockfight, roosters have sharp blades or spikes attached to their feet, and then are released in a pit where they battle each other to the death or until they can no longer fight. In this barbaric bloodsport, spectators place bets on the roosters, so banning the betting a year ago has already greatly reduced the number of cockfights and participants.


August 12, 2008 at 1:47 pm
(1) Lahle Wolfe says:

I am proud to live in a nation where this is now illegal in all 50 states. Good for you Louisiana for passing this law!

August 13, 2008 at 1:29 am
(2) Megatron says:

In a sense it’s good but in another sense it’s ridiculous. Consider the billions of layer and broiler chickens mutilated (de-beaked) and slaughtered yearly. This law is non-sense.

August 14, 2008 at 1:39 am
(3) ted says:

sad that this so call land of the free home the braves do wasteful crap like this all you congress braiers got to do is tax breeders for sale and cockpits for fights gamefowls come from the egg and don’t compare them with dogs

August 14, 2008 at 1:48 am
(4) ted says:

but it’s legal that humane society can put a dog or cat through their needle and nothing is wrong with that they have them kill,poorest excuse is that no adoption and no room bunch of crap iraise fowls and built more coops and pens of i don’t have room,hopefully one day this peta and hsus will fall just like the berlin wall long live gamecock!!!

September 28, 2008 at 8:16 pm
(5) trino says:

is OK they never go to stop no way trino

October 2, 2008 at 11:54 am
(6) Sheila Gore says:

My dad is a cockfighter what about the cruelty of the way we get a chicken to the grocery store. Cocking fighting is nothing compared to that. The bible says God gave us dominion over the fowl of the air. If they were left out on there own the would kill each other anyways. I think this whole thing and the people pushing the laws are crazy and don’t know a thing about game fowl.

January 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm
(7) Pastor PN says:

“You can legally abort(kill) a kid, but you can’t fight a rooster.”

February 10, 2009 at 2:33 pm
(8) david scott says:

who cares their chickens all were gonna do is kill them any way. they fight in the wild so we give them a chance instead of going against a rooster twice their size in the wild we weigh them just like they were boxers and you dont have to train the its natural

June 13, 2009 at 5:09 am
(9) james says:

it is sad all of these people think u train a game rooster to fight they have no idea what they r talking about. they have never been around a game chicken. it is ok to kill an unborn baby but a chicken come on they are more important thing to pass laws on poeple. why not make it legal and just let us pay a little tax on the money i am willing to do that and it would generate more money for your state

January 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm
(10) James Hughes says:

Why is it that the HUSU is not help responsible for killing everyone of these harmless birds at cockfighting raids? There use of poisonous gas barrels is the widespread NORMAL practice…yet not one story can be found on the net of this barbaric practice by them? Think I’m wrong..check into it. Not ONE headline story about this? Why is the public not aware of this practice of torture by the United States Humane Society? Why are there supporters not up for calling them out? Imhumane? Yes it is….rather sad at this double standard but where is the outcry?? To hard to fight a group like that about there actions…even if its the right thing to do.

January 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(11) James Hughes says:

Why is it that the HUSU is not help responsible for killing everyone of these harmless birds at cockfighting raids? There use of poisonous gas barrels in widespread…yet not one story can be found on the net of this barbaric practice by them? Not ONE headline story about this? Why is the public not aware of this practice of torture by the United States Humane Society? Why are there supporters not up for calling them out? Imhumane? Yes it is….rather sad at this double standard. No one stands up to them about there actions..even if tis the right thing to do….not ever.

February 24, 2010 at 4:15 am
(12) John says:

This is bs, using all this money to push and raid cock fighting vs helping people. And I agree with James that they only push these people only because they can and will not go against the real problem like The government who torture human. I hope someone will fight this nonsense and make it legal again in all state.

February 25, 2010 at 1:28 am
(13) devin says:

Why do they have UFC fighting,why hunting,why fishing, they call it a sport, and its a blood sport, so y do they want to us to stop something that we have been around since we were young.Its not like we make them fight, their are natural born fighters.now since they have made cockfighting elligal what should we do.cull off all of our fowl, or maybe we should give them to the humane society see what they will do with them, kill them.at least we will give them a chance to fight for their life

May 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm
(14) john says:

I’ve had game chickens my whole life. My chickens live in 4×8 pins and free roam on 6′ft tie cords, they eat the best grains money can buy. For the most-part my roosters live a long and great life. My questions is u have laying chickens for eggs and fat chickens to eat, (which u can’t eat either from a game chicken) so is this breed going to go extinct? I think if u don’t look at all aspects of it then don’t bother it… I’ll still backyard mine till there gone boyz……

September 3, 2010 at 11:57 am
(15) juan says:

we can send soliders across the line to fight but we cant send our roosters across the line to fight.

October 1, 2010 at 2:32 am
(16) Christina says:

Why don’t these officials put this much effort into stopping all the petiphiles out there torturing our poor innocent children? Cock fighting IS a sport just like those good ole boys have hunting. Those poor animals don’t have a chance in the world. They just get shot dead only to be hung on the wall.

October 29, 2010 at 10:16 am
(17) The Bible says:

“Thou shall not kill”

December 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm
(18) kyhilltopper says:

What are they going to outlaw next.Are they going to kill the many kinds of dogs for hunting animals and are they going to say that they had to inject them because they where trained to chase and kill coons,rabbits,hogs,exc.These roosters are no more trained than a hunting dog is trained.They do it by nature!When is the American people going to open their eyes and stand up agianst these freedom haters.Is there anymore freedom loving people out there.They say we dont need this in our society,but this is a big country full of many kinds of societys.I dont care much for the way alot of people live but it is not my right to stop them because I dont understand their way of life.If their not hurting anyone,then let them be.Are they going to shut China town down?They are doing nothing but picking on rural America.How do you think the holocaust started.They are doing the same thing.

January 6, 2011 at 11:30 am
(19) NOLO says:


January 17, 2011 at 12:49 am
(20) City Slicker says:

People have no clue about game chickens or what they are even about. Also every one is always about busting a cockfight and taking everyone to jail for their cruel, in-humane acts against those poor innocent birds but, NO one ever complains about the stupid “animal rights” people slaughtering those poor birds after they confiscate them from these poor farmers trying to make a living. How about we as a nation get on the government for their acts against humans. WE as a nation are starving to death while they line their pockets with our money. NOW HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES? Didn’t think any good ol’ country boy fightin’ chickens had an education huh? (Edited to conform with About.com User Agreement)

March 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm
(21) Derek says:

cock fighting rules

July 19, 2011 at 3:15 am
(22) easye says:

This is just a sign of our times. We live in a nation of spoon-fed, germx sanitized, self-proclaimed ‘intellectuals’ who have lost touch with the real world. Ban the rooster fights or legalize them…all-in-all, either way it’s not a big deal in my opinion. The real eye-opener is that people have lost touch with their place in society and even the food chain…kinda hilarious but mostly sad. Its seems that 99.8% of the population gets their meat and other foods pre-cooked, pre-cleaned, and disassociated from all the effort that it took for that life to grow, be nurtured, and then die so we can eat it. It typically has all dirt, blood, feet, head, eyes removed so people don’t understand the value of the life they consume…what a waste. I just wish people would recognize and value the life they have and relish the process of life instead of hiding from it.

July 22, 2011 at 11:41 am
(23) ramsey says:

cockfighting shoul be legal would you want to be fried and put into a bucket or have a little fight and 50 50 chance of liveing being fried you have 0 chance of liveing go cockfighting

August 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm
(24) Mojo Gamefowl says:

Doris does not have a clue what she is saying. Long live rooster fighting. All male fowl fight by nature, they are not bred to fight. I been around roosters all my life and all you are doing is killing a spectacular breed of gamefowl that is well taken care of. Most gamefowl owners take care of their birds better than most animal activist take care of there pets. When did you ever see a rooster have seizures or issues from poor breeding. I fought roosters natural heel not with knifes are gaffs and most of my birds that lost a fight lived to fight another day so it is not true that they fight until one is dead. Making rooster fighting illegal only hurt more than it helped, it makes a lot of money even for people who are not involved with rooster fighting and it kept the breed of the Gamefowl as strong as it could possibly be. Needless to say all the culture that you have taken away, it is the way of the south and many other countries, maybe it is not your way of life but you were not invited, all were welcome but you have a choice in rather you want to be there are not. I hope for the day it comes back.

August 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm
(25) Mojo Gamefowl says:

Lets bring rooster fighting to the Indian Reservations.

October 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm
(26) Don Neal says:

It will not stop cock fighting it will just make cock fighters out laws in there own country, cock fight still goes on in every state and the law over looks it because they know it is a way of life and thats all game cocks are good for because you can’t even eat them. speaking of eating chicken are the people that kill chickens to eat law brakers and out laws? there is no diff, between killing them to eat and fighting cocks that no nothing else and can’t be eaten. the law stopping cock fighting douse not stop it at all even with the law.

November 14, 2011 at 11:43 am
(27) mccoy says:

i think it shuld be leagl because god the who put them on eath for a reson if put ducktape it not ilegal

December 18, 2011 at 11:25 am
(28) eli luna says:

Y make cokefigthing illigal but u can’t make jay marieg ligal y’all should think about tat

March 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm
(29) B@B gamefowl says:

it should be legal none of you have ever been around this sport none of you would now just umb a$$ steryo typers i got a science bachelors degree and a masters and out of all thing i (raise) chickens think about what you say before you say it>

March 10, 2012 at 1:02 am
(30) oldestsportyet says:

Its crazy how hunters can just trick a deer into thinkin hes going to get laid and when he least expects it…Booom..close casket..that right there is inhumane..chickens fight by nature people, theres is no such thing as a fighting breed of chickens because of the simple fact that they all fight..even been weeks old..its called instinct..but here in american injectin a cow hormones until it weighs 400 pounds and it brakes its own legs..im pretty sure that when yall go to da market u dnt mind all da dead chickens..so wats so illegal about 2 birds fighting??? Legalize it and tax it!! ;)

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March 12, 2012 at 10:55 am
(31) Mel says:

Some of you just don’t get it. Yes roosters do fight on there own,but very rarely do they fight to the death in the wild. Nor are they able to strap metal spurs or blades to their feet people do that for their own amusement. I only buy and eat free range chickens because I worked on a chicken farm where they were kept in coops and let me tell you it was gross, and to the people who think that the HSUS and the ASPCA should be shut down for killing animals. If people didn’t starve the pets they claim to love and neglect there pets medical needs to the point that there isn’t anything that can be done to save them they wouldn’t have to put them down. So think about what you say before you say it so that you sound intelligent. No matter what your opinion is.

April 5, 2012 at 1:09 am
(32) Humorous says:

Maybe people on this thread should use spell check? The large majority of people on this site seem to have dropped out of the first grade because they can’t form a sentence or spell. If you’re going to argue the legality of something learn how to spell legal and or illegal!!! It really detracts from your argument when you look like a rambling idiot. Finally, there exists a concept known as punctuation. Instead of watching cockfights pick up a book, google what is a comma, and how do I use it! Ok?

July 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm
(33) saul gamino says:

everybody who breeds gamecocks love their fowl and and does not neglect them.and when they have a raid and take peoples fowl they are in the best care and shape that they can be in,and they still kill them,so every body who is against cockfighting is gay and lame

July 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm
(34) gallero says:

game fowl were made and born to fight you guys think that we train them to fight thats not true they know how to fight even when they are 2 weeks old they already start kicking and pecking at each other and somtimes they even kill eachother just as little chicks and they have the blood to fight like they never run away no matter what and they never show a sighn of defeat and they dont even move a muscle when we cut their waddle off last time my friend killed to roosters to eat one was a gamefowl and the other was a rhode island the rhode island was going crazy when we killed it and the gamefowl did not even move and also the gamefowl love us they love being around us we call them and they come to us they let us carry them for hours and wherever i go and sit down he jumps on my lap and sits down they are more than pets they are like family they are my family and why do i fight them well because thats what they were born to do and if this would be legal it would help out the economy by a lot

July 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm
(35) gallero says:

okay to that guy about spell check shut up and go to a book club and to that guy that said roosters do fight but they dont kill each other in the wild yes they do fool a game fowl rooster a gallo fino has the blood to fight he wont back down no matter how long the fight takes only one will become the winner and the looser dead and we just put spurs on them so the fight could be quicker and so the kill could be clean and they wont suffer as much and still like seriously you guys take our roosters and still kill them so whats the point legalize it and tax it cause we arent gonna stop fighting our rooster generation to generation our kids will continue cockfighting

September 18, 2012 at 1:26 am
(36) Cayden says:

That’s a creative answer to a difilfcut question

September 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm
(37) gallos de patio fino says:

gallero ! AMEN

January 2, 2013 at 3:20 am
(38) bill says:

I guess they stopped game fowl….so whats the next step,are they going to take our guns away too…. I thought this was the USA… The land of the free, but i guess not… Pretty soon were not going to be able to walk out of our own homes…its all coming down to a One World Order!

April 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm
(39) Ben says:

U r sick its all rite to kill children and now smoke marijuana but not all rite to raise birds to what they do naturally sick twisted libertards sorry Ass democrats.

April 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm
(40) BSB says:

well put gallero

June 13, 2013 at 4:04 am
(41) piss off says:

I so wish they wood bring bk checken fights.I use to have a grat job working on a from. Now its hard yo find jobs.when every i needed money all I had to do is go feed or make tepees idk how they can make this a law.someone jeeds to do something bf we lose all of our rights.mybe they have something in the makeing that will help all the fighters get bk what they hqve lost. Plesase help;

July 25, 2013 at 5:05 pm
(42) J&J says:

I been raising gamefowl for more than 20 years,will continue to,it will open back up in louisiana,oklahoma again,for all them out there just being noisy,think there doing a good deed. why dont yall put yall time and money on some real issues like employment,the homeless ,education,hunger..etc,just leave us alone we are not killing people,a great deal of revnue was brought in to louisiana when it was legal.And now?

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