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.