To many outside observers, sabong or cockfighting, is an extremely brutal and bloody sport. Filipino roosters live to fight one or two matches before death or injuries retire them to the dinner plate. Despite this, cockfighting provides an allure that many find hard to resist. For some, it may be the thrill of the sport though for the majority of participants, it is the betting that draws them in. And although cockfighting is frowned upon in modern Philippine society, this sport is legal with most cities and towns having a cockpit. When compared with the short, often tortured existence of a factory farmed chicken, Filipino fighting birds have it good. Owners pamper their birds with the best of food, vitamins and exercise to make them fight ready. The rich even hire veterinarians and trainers to do the work for them.
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