A fighting cock in a breeding station in Villavicencio, Colombia, 17 April 2006. A fighting cock in a breeding station in Villavicencio, Colombia, 17 April 2006.
A fighting cock's comb in a breeding station in Cucuta, Colombia, 1 May 2006. A fighting cock's comb in a breeding station in Cucuta, Colombia, 1 May 2006.
Fighting cocks sitting on the branch in a breeding station in Cucuta, Colombia, 29 April 2006. Fighting cocks sitting on the branch in a breeding station in Cucuta, Colombia, 29 April 2006.
A cock fighting rooster sleeping in a breeding station in Cucuta, Colombia, 1 May 2006. A cock fighting rooster sleeping in a breeding station in Cucuta, Colombia, 1 May 2006.
A fighting cock's feather beauty seen in a breeding station in Cucuta, Colombia, 1 May 2006. A fighting cock's feather beauty seen in a breeding station in Cucuta, Colombia, 1 May 2006.
A fighting cock waving its wings in a breeding station in Cucuta, Colombia, 1 May 2006. A fighting cock waving its wings in a breeding station in Cucuta, Colombia, 1 May 2006.

Cockfighters

Villavicencio and Cucuta, Colombia – 7 June 2006

Cockfight is a widely popular and legal sporting event in Colombia. People take advantage of cock's natural, strong will to fight. Birds are specially trained to increase their aggression, stamina and to improve their fighting techniques. They are given the best of food, care and sometimes even a doping, basically in the same way like professional athletes are. Brave cocks are highly treasured. If a fighting cock wins certain number of matches breeders keep him for reproduction and do not let him fight anymore. See the Cockfight photostory

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