Even though cock fighting is banned in Mexico City, it still takes place here as well as in rural areas. As in most traditional societies, social rituals die slowly in Mexico, especially if there is money to be made. Money changes hands between promoters, breeders and gamblers.
The article linked below profiles a breeder who injects birds with steroids to make them more aggressive. Another man manufactures and sells the razor spurs that are tied to the bird’s left leg. He says the animals don’t suffer because the spurs are so sharp they don’t feel the cuts.
The fights usually only last 3 - 5 minutes before one bird is dead so maybe he is right. The treatment they receive during their short lives prior to earning a spot in the ring is as much an ethical question as the ritual fight itself.
We saw these birds on a rooftop near us, there were about 7 - 10 cages total. I don’t know for a fact that they are being raised to fight. Sergio says yes, they are.
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