"C" is for Cockfighting

Mar 22, 2019

Credit SC Public Radio

"C" is for Cockfighting. Cockfighting is a blood sport that has existed in South Carolina from colonial times to the present—despite the fact that it was banned by the General Assembly in 1887 and carries a felony charge for participants and less severe penalties for spectators. Cockfighting remains popular in the state and the oldest continuously published magazine for cockers (as cockfighters style themselves), Grit and Steel, emanates from Gaffney. In a typical cockfight, long steel spikes are attached to the legs of the cocks. The carefully bred birds are then brought into the pit, where they fight, almost always to the death. Cockfighting reached the height of its popularity before the Civil War. Twenty-first century cockfights are, for the most part, more clandestine affairs that occur in rural areas of the state.