Feathers Fly and Blood Flows in the Popular Sport of Cockfighting


Close up of a fighting rooster sleeping outside the breeding station... News PhotoAggression,Animal,Animal Behaviour,Animal Welfare,Arts Culture and Entertainment,Blood Sport,City,Cock Fighting,Cockerel,Colombia,Cruel,Cultures,Death,Endurance,Farm,Feather,Fighting,Horizontal,Human Interest,Latin America,Sleeping,Speed,Sport,Station,Strength,Struggle,Success,Toughness,Train - Vehicle,Waist UpPhotographer Collection: LatinContent Editorial 2006 Jan SochorVILLAVICENCIO, COLOMBIA - APRIL 17: Close up of a fighting rooster sleeping outside the breeding station in Villavicencio, Colombia on April 17, 2006. Cockfight is a widely popular and legal sporting event in much of Latin America. The fight is usually held in an arena (gallera in spanish) with seats for spectators. There is always gambling involved in cockfights. People take advantage of cock's natural, strong will to fight against all males of the same species. Birds are specially bred to increase their aggression and stamina, they are given the best of food and care. The cocks are equipped with tortoise-shell made gaffs tied to the bird's leg. The fight is not intentionally to the death but it may result in the death of cocks very often. (Photo by Jan Sochor/Latincontent/Getty Images)