Loopholes in the Animal Welfare Act have allowed cockfighting to exist and grow. Cockfighting is only legal in Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico but its legal status in these states encourages cockfighting in other states as well, giving enthusiasts in outlawed states an excuse to own these fighting birds and associated gear. Stimulants, blades and blood-clotting drugs for cockfighting birds are readily available online. During cockfights, metal blades are strapped to the legs of these combatants so they can inflict maximum damage on their opponent, and roosters often fight each other to the death. Animal welfare advocates claim the deaths and injuries of many animals are committed under the guise of entertainment and for the promotion of gambling. Proponents claim “chickens do naturally fight” and are against further federal restrictions and penalties.

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