Submitted by jays on 28 January 2014 - 3:22pm

Cock fighting is a blood sport which is illegal in Australia. It is a contest between two cocks held in a ring called a cockpit. The birds are specially trained, conditioned for stamina and strength, and are fitted with razor sharp spurs, known as gaffs. They are encouraged to fight until one bird is dead or unable to continue. The cocks may endure significant physical trauma. It is a spectator sport with wagers made on the outcome of the match. The Justice & Police Museum has a set of fighting spurs confiscated in 1933 from a fight in West Ryde where seven people were charged with cruelly ill-treating cocks and each fined £5 or 10 days imprisonment. This modern set, housed in a wallet made out of a ‘Holy Bible’ cover, was confiscated by police during the 1980s and was then used to train officers in the detection and prosecution of people involved in this prohibited sport.

Photograph: Jamie North, 2013
Black leather wallet containing cock fighting spurs and pads, date unknown Pair of metal and leather cock fighting spurs, date unknown Black leather wallet containing cock fighting spurs and pads, date unknown Black leather wallet containing cock fighting spurs and pads, date unknown Black leather wallet containing cock fighting spurs and pads, date unknown
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