Cockfighting is like legally defined obscenity: It has no redeeming social value.
Utah is one of just 15 states that does not prosecute this abominable practice as a felony. That legislative laxity invites cockfighters from neighboring states to Utah to indulge in this activity it cannot be called a sport. Training roosters to fight, often to the death, is barbaric, and the people who watch and cheer are not much better than animals themselves.
Cockfighting should be considered especially repugnant in Utah, headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which counsels its members against gambling. Because, aside from the brainless violence and blood, this activity is most associated with gambling. Utah is one of only two states in the nation that does not allow gambling in any form, and yet the lax law against cockfighting is the same as tolerating it.