There have been bans on cockfighting in the capital Mexico City, and in the states of Sonora and Coahuila since September 11, 2012 and in Veracruz since November 6, 2018. Cockfighting is tolerated in the Mexican states of Michoacán, Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Sinaloa, and Veracruz, mainly at regional fairs and other celebrations. Cockfights take place in the Palenques (pits).  Cockfighting remains legal in the municipality of Ixmiquilpan and throughout Mexico.  The country has hosted several Slasher World Cup derbies held every two years at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, where the world`s leading wild chicken producers meet. The Slasher World Cup is also known as the “Cockfighting Olympics”. The 2014 World Gamefowl Expo was held at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. Chilean Law No. 20.380 on the Protection of Animals of 25. August 2009, Article 16 explicitly excludes various forms of “animal sports”: “The standards of this Act do not apply to sports involving animals, such as rodeo, cow fighting, rein movement and equestrian sports, which are regulated by their respective regulations.”  Male saffron finches and canaries were sometimes used in fighting.  In January, Parker County authorities, with the help of the Humane Society, captured more than 100 people in a cockfight. The massive raid made local headlines, but nearly a year later, Parker County prosecutors have only been able to charge most of those arrested for gambling offenses, said Jeff Swain, the county`s assistant attorney. “In the current state of the law, there is no crime to be a bystander in a cockfight,” he said. “In our case, we could only show almost everyone arrested that they were watching the fighting or betting on it.” “Oklahoma cockfighters break the law every day, and now they`re trying to weaken legal norms so they don`t have to worry,” Pacelle said.
“We have blocked their efforts in 2022 and we will do so in 2023. No state has weakened an anti-cockfighting law in recent decades. States are taking steps to increase penalties for cockfighting and to broaden the scope of prohibited acts related to cockfighting. In 2013, cockfighting laws were introduced in 15 states. Nebraska and Nevada have passed laws to increase penalties for cockfighting. Indiana has classified its sentences for cockfighting as part of a general reclassification of penalties for criminal acts. Of the 13 states where a first cockfighting offense is a felony, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah have introduced laws that would increase the penalty for cockfighting to a felony; All have failed or remain poultry in circulation. In Bali, cockfighting, known as taoys, is practiced in an ancient ritual of religious cleansing to drive away evil spirits.  This ritual, a form of animal sacrifice, is called tabuh rah (“shedding blood”).  The purpose of the taboo rah is to offer a sacrifice (the blood of the losing chicken) to evil spirits. Cockfighting is a religious obligation at any Balinese temple festival or religious ceremony.  Non-religious cockfighting is considered gambling in Indonesia, although it is still widely practiced in many parts of Indonesia.
Women are not usually involved in the Tabuh-Rah process. The Tabuh-Rah trial is taking place on the largest pavilion in a Balinese temple complex, the Wantilan. “Bird shipping records obtained by the Guam Department of Agriculture`s Animal Wellness Action group showed that between 2017 and 2019, approximately 8,800 birds were illegally shipped from mainland America to Guam, a U.S. territory in the western Pacific, for cockfighting,” said Wayne Pacelle, founder and president of the group. Even birds that are not killed in cockfights suffer terribly. Most roosters on a wild bird farm live tied to a pole, barrel or small wooden hut. They are often injected with steroids and adrenaline-boosting drugs and kept in a small, dark box for two to three weeks before a fight to isolate them from other animals and deprive them of stimuli and natural behavior. There is no national ban on cockfighting in the Philippines, but since 1948, cockfighting has been banned every day in Rizal on December 30, where violations can be punished with fines or prison terms under Republic Law No. 229.  It is further authorized by Presidential Decree No. 449 or the Anti-Cockfighting Law of 1974, which only allows cockfighting on Sundays, certain holidays, and on certain other occasions and only in authorized cockpits.
 But in the other 47 states, it`s been illegal for years, because of the cruelty the industry denies: “It`s brutal, but it`s not cruel,” Berry insists. Until the beginning of 1968, cockfights were held all over the country, but to stop betting, arenas were closed and fights banned by the authorities. In 1980, the authorities again legalized cockfighting and a state commercial organization was created with the participation of private breeders grouped into territories. Every year, the state organization announces several national tournaments from January to April, holds trade shows, and sells fighting roosters to customers in other Caribbean countries.  Cockfighting is legal in Haiti. Nevins (2015) described it as “the closest thing to a national sport in Haiti,” held every Sunday morning in locations across the country. Sharp spurs are attached to the feet of roosters to make them even more deadly, and the fight usually ends with the death of one of the animals.  The presence of children at these events is particularly troubling – some parents make cockfighting a family event, bringing picnic blankets and lunches, which normalizes violence and teaches children to tolerate and even celebrate animal suffering.
All forms of gambling, including gambling in secular cockfighting, were declared illegal by the Indonesian government in 1981, while the religious aspects of cockfighting remain protected by Balinese Hinduism. However, despite its illegal status, secular cockfighting is still prevalent in Bali.  In Belgium, cockfighting has been banned since 1867. In 1929, all organized fights between animals were banned. In 1986 and 1991, the Animal Welfare Act was amended to make participation in cockfighting a punishable offence. Offenders face six months in prison and a fine of 2,000 euros. Since the 1990s, several people have been prosecuted for cockfighting.  Illegal weapons have also been found in cockfights due to the large amounts of money, and raids by law enforcement across the country have revealed that gang members do attend cockfights, further encouraging violence and illegal drug use.
To avoid suspicion, organizers regularly move events to new locations. Despite these disturbing facts, cockfighting often inspires a festive atmosphere where entire families, including children, gather. There are a number of reasons why cockfighting has been banned in the United States, but the main reason is that many people believe it is cruelty to animals. In cockfights, several roosters are forced to fight. Usually, it is a struggle that lasts until the death. Today, it is important for people to treat animals with compassion, and this is certainly something that does not happen in cockfights. Just as humans cannot force dogs or cats to fight, humans should not be allowed to force other animals to fight. That is why all states in the country have gradually banned cockfighting. If cockfighting were more frequent in U.S. territories, there might be greater pressure to make them illegal in those areas as well. The punishment for cockfighting in the United States can vary greatly depending on where you are.
Someone who engages in cockfighting is almost guaranteed to be fined, but there are situations where someone who engages in cockfighting could also get jail time. There are a number of factors that will play a role in the punishment. The person`s criminal record, the number of people involved, the number of animals involved, and where the cockfighting all play a role in deciding punishment. It is best for someone to avoid cockfighting altogether, considering the possible punishments and morale. Cockfighting, locally called Sabong, remains a popular pastime in the Philippines, where illegal and legal cockfighting takes place. Legal cockfights take place weekly in cockpits, while illegal cockfights, called Tupada or Tigbakay, take place in remote cockpits where authorities cannot search them.