All Dressed Up
The Sense of an Ending
Cockfighting, Bankura, West Bengal, India, 2011
A crowd gathers for an evening of cockfighting. Although an illegal activity, cockfighting is almost a daily occurrence in Bankura, West Bengal.
The cocks, referred to as gamecocks, are specially reared to maximise endurance and strength. Blades, that often reach two and a half inches, are attached to the cock’s leg.
After initial goading by their owners, the birds instinctively fight until a fatal blade wound ends the contest.