Animal fighting sports

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Animal fighting sports are a human entertainment usually associated with gambling on the outcome of a fight to the death between two or more animals. Fights may consist of a snake versus a mongoose (in Asia), a dog versus a dozen large rats (in Europe), a bear versus several dogs (in Pakistan), any single captured wild animal against a pack of dogs (in the Americas), or a man versus a bull (in Hispanic countries). However, because in such matches there is a natural disadvantage on one side, more sport is considered to exist in pitting a pair or more of specimens from the same species against each other. This is reflected in animal racing where camels, horses, elephants, dogs and many other species are placed in contest among their own kind. Its cruel version is in the fight to the death or near-death, with cockfighting and dogfighting among the best known examples. Frequently a pit is employed from which the animals cannot escape and they may be repeatedly struck or prodded to madden them. Cockfighting is known on at least three continents and the birds are usually specially bred. In the fight the cocks wear metal leg spikes long enough to fatally puncture the bodies of their opponents. Breeders may also service the frequently illegal dogfighting market and different species are preferred in different countries. In the UK and the USA, for example, it may be the small but powerful pit bull terrier.


In the USA and particularly in the UK, dog fighting is an illegal—though much practised—"country" sport sometimes involving large amounts of money (up to $50,000) and secrecy. Fights take place in obscure settings (anywhere from lone country barns or woods to boats and the empty swimming pools of country estates) and in the UK, a video film of a dog fight was recently sold to those who wanted to participate, but from the safety of their own homes.

Cock fightings
Reduced By:
Cock fightings
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST