Feathers Fly and Blood Flows in the Popular Sport of Cockfighting

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Cocks fight in the arena in Villavicencio, Colombia on April 18,... News PhotoAggression,Animal,Animal Welfare,Arts Culture and Entertainment,Bestof,Blood Sport,Bright Colour,Celebration,City,Cock Fighting,Cockerel,Cockpit,Colombia,Colour Image,Crime,Cruel,Cultures,Death,Dust,Endurance,Feather,Fighting,Full Length,Gambling,Horizontal,Human Interest,Instructor,Latin America,Match - Sport,Motion,Multi Coloured,People,Sand,South America,Speed,Sport,Stadium,Strength,Struggle,Success,Topics,Topix,Toughness,Town,USAPhotographer Collection: LatinContent Editorial 2006 Jan SochorVILLAVICENCIO, COLOMBIA - APRIL 18: Cocks fight in the arena in Villavicencio, Colombia on April 18, 2006. Cockfight is a widely popular and legal sporting event in most of Latin American countries. 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)