posted on Jun, 15 2013 @ 04:45 AM
Cockfighting, a practice that has been illegal for almost 200 years, is still going on in parts of Ireland….
The fights take place regularly at clandestine venues known only to a network of individuals who gather to watch birds fight, sometimes to death. Men
were filmed setting birds on each other in bloody contests.
At one site last weekend, about 60 people, some of them children, were gathered around a makeshift ring in County Monaghan about five miles from
Middletown in County Armagh.
On another occasion, both birds seemed to survive. In another earlier encounter one of the birds was lifted, apparently lifeless, from the ring. Men
were filmed setting birds on each other, these big events in the cockfighting world are known as derbies.
The birds are armed with metal spurs which can inflict horrific injuries on their opponents
On St Patrick's Day this year, another meeting took place just south of the border. Cars, vans and hatchbacks transported the birds in cages where
they are penned before being agitated to fight. Again birds died in the ring. Again children were there. A young boy was pictured taking care of one
of the birds that survived.
I remember the travelling gypsies when I was a kid in England, they used to hold both dog and cock fights in a local field not far from where I used
to live. I used to find it really appalling and couldn't understand why they did it, but obviously now I am older it is all about wagers and betting
on the winning bird or dog...
I believe that the Ulster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) should really do something about this terrible act and start to
actually prosecute people before it starts to get more and more out of hand, it is totally disgusting…