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Is cock fighting legal in Australia?

Cock fighting is illegal in Australia. It is also illegal to possess any fighting equipment designed for cock fighting. Despite this, cock fighting still occurs in Australia and is 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/TerritoryYes/NoName of relevant act
ACTNoAnimal Welfare Act 1992
NSWNoPrevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
NTNoAnimal Welfare Act 2000
QLDNoAnimal Care and Protection Act 2001
SANoAnimal Welfare Act 1985
TASNoAnimal Welfare Act 1993
VICNoPrevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986
WANoAnimal Welfare Act 2002

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Updated on May 2, 2019
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