Cock fight is a popular blood sport in Jharkhand. The fight between two roosters (gamecocks) is held inside a ring called cockpit. Like many other species, cocks show congenital aggression towards all males of the same species. Usually, the cocks are given good care till they attend the right age. They are conditioned well before the event. Sometimes, the cocks are fed with drugs which increase their aggression.

The fight at times leads to death of one. If not, then at least one endures high amount of physical trauma. The severity of the damage is increased by attaching metal spurs to cock’s natural spurs.

Cock fights in Jharkhand used to be a major sport of post-harvest season. However, today, it seems that cock fight has lost the social and cultural touch. It is just another way to gamble.

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