Stop mutilating game roosters

Stop mutilating game roosters

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Lily Compton started this petition to American Poultry Association

Right now it is part of the APA Standard of Perfection to dub, or cut off the comb,wattles, and sometimes earlobes, of Game Roosters. This started when they were bred for fights, if an opponent grabbed one of these parts it could do serious damage. However, rooster fighting is now illegal and there is no logical reason to do this anymore. The reasons I’ve gathered that people do this are: So their roosters won’t get frostbite, to show them, because it looks cleaner, or it looks like they could win a fight. All of these can be invalidated quite easily. Other chickens have combs quite similar to Game birds but no one discusses dubbing then to save them from frostbite, as B said in the comments of an article about dubbing “NO to dubbing! If they were born with it it was there for a reason. If they are subject to freezing, KEEP THEM WARMER! Would YOU cut off your fingers because of frostbite, no, you’d wear gloves.” If it wasn’t in the standard than the people who do it for showing wouldn’t have to. As for the looks factor, that is animal cruelty. It is nothing less than mutilating an animal for aesthetic reasons. It does not matter if your rooster could win a fight (or looks like it could), it’s illegal to make them fight. Therefore, I believe prepping them for fighting should not be in the APA Standard of Perfection.

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