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Is cock fighting illegal in Australia?

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Last updated: 01 Apr, 2016
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Cock fighting is illegal in Australia. It is also illegal to possess any fighting equipment designed for cock fighting. Despite this, there are many cock fighting rings around Australia. These are often associated with other illegal practices such as unregulated gambling.

Cocks (roosters) used for fighting are specifically bred for this purpose and are trained to be extremely agressive towards other cocks.

Cock fighting places the animal at significant risk of serious pain, injury, suffering or even death for the purpose or entertainment or sport. When cocks are injured the owners may attempt to treat the injuries themselves rather than risk being reported by an attendant veterinarian. This then places the cock's health and welfare at even greater risk as the owner's are unqualified and untrained to perform medical or surgical practices which can lead to fatal consequences for the cock.

The RSPCA inspectorate will investigate suspected cock fights wherever they are informed of them. Please contact your State/Territory RSPCA inspectorate to report any suspected cock fighting activities.

The following table lists the legislation prohibiting cock fights in each State/Territory.

 State

Yes/No

Name of relevant act

ACT

No

Animal Welfare Act 1992

NSW

No

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979

NT

No

Animal Welfare Act 2000

QLD

No

Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 

SA

No

Animal Welfare Act 1985

TAS

No

Animal Welfare Act 1993

 VIC

No

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986

 WA

No

Animal Welfare Act 2002


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Also read
document RSPCA Policy C09 Animal fighting

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