Cockfighting Law and Legal Definition

Cockfighting is a blood sport in which two roosters specifically bred for aggressiveness are placed beak to beak in a small ring and encouraged to fight to the death has been around for centuries. The brutal “sport" found popularity in North, South and Central Americas, and was particularly prevalent in Colonial New York, Philadelphia and Boston. By the 1800s, it had spread to the South and the West Coast. Today, cockfighting is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Despite the laws, cockfighting still persists.

The following is an example of a state statute on the term:

Any person who:

(a) owns an animal for the purpose of fighting or baiting;

(b) is a party to or causes any fighting or baiting of any animal;

(c) purchases, rents, leases, or otherwise acquires or obtains the use of any structure, facility, or location for the purpose of fighting or baiting any animal; or

(d) knowingly allows or permits or makes available any structure, facility, or location to be used for the purpose of fighting or baiting any animal is guilty of a felony and upon conviction must be punished by a fine of five thousand dollars or imprisoned for five years, or both.”[S.C. Code Ann. § 16-27-30]