Dogfighting and Cockfighting Media Sold on Amazon

If you do a quick search on Amazon.com using the key words “dogfighting” or “cockfighting” you will see the large e-commerce site has a number of books and DVDs available on those subjects. A DVD called CockFighters is one of the first products that displays for the key word “cockfighting.” Some of the user reviews are glowing and even advocate for the public to view it in order to shift public perception about the barbaric practice.

The first review says, “This documentary tells the story of some of the worlds top cockfighters and how they came to be so great. You will not see the “bloody and brutal” fights that certain groups will lead you to believe that goes on. Instead, it gives you an inside look of how these cockers raise these birds to do what they were born to do. ”

Of course, fighting to the death wearing razor sharp pieces of metal is not at all natural for roosters. Nor is there anything great about raising animals to harm or destroy each other. Sometimes the chickens are injected with steroids to elevate their already artificially-created aggression even more. Cockfighting is illegal in the United States, and PETA has recently written a letter to Amazon asking them to stop selling media informing the  public how to practice cockfighting and dogfighting, which is also illegal.

PETA executive Tracy Reiman wrote,  “Animals, like children, depend on us to protect them and put their best interests above profits. Please, don’t be complicit in cruelty to animals. Do the right thing and stop selling products that promote criminal violence against living beings.”

A book Amazon sells on dogfighting offers instruction on how to select, breed and manage fighting dogs. A user review for it says, “This book describes dog fighting, details the rules of dog fighting, shows pictures of dog fighting, and glorifies famous fighting dogs. ” Another book on cockfighting called The Breeding and Management of Fighting Cocks has a slew of negative reviews from people protesting its presence on the site. One user review, which 8 out of 10 people found helpful, says “I’ve spent hundreds of dollars using Amazon. I can’t believe one of my favorite companies would support immoral and illegal activities by selling books and magazines supporting and even EDUCATING people how to engage in inhumane activities.”

While some might say cockfighting and dogfighting books and videos can be found on other websites, so pulling them from Amazon isn’t going to reduce their sales, Amazon is probably the most well-known and one of the largest, if not the single largest e-commerce site. Pulling those materials from Amazon probably would reduce the public exposure they receive, and make them less available for purchasing. Currently if you Google the key words  “cock fighting book,” the first two results are from Amazon.com. Google is clearly the top search engine in the English-speaking world, and removing the entries on Amazon would mean they would also no longer show up in Google search results.

So, would you consider boycotting an e-commerce website if you know they sell materials linked to illegal and inhumane activities?

Image Credit: Ellen Levy Finch

Note: the dogs pictured above have nothing to do with dogfighting or cockfighting.

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199 comments

Rita Schalla
Past Member 5 years ago

AMAZON WILL DO ANYTHING FOR A DAM DOLLAR! THIS IS SICK! THEY WILL USE THE 'FREEDOM OF SPEECH' GET OUT OF JAIL CARD, BUT WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH COME 'RESPONSIBILTY AND ACCOUNTABILTY'! PETITION & BOYCOTT IS THE ONLY LANGUAGE THEY WILL UNDERSTAND, BECAUSE IT WILL HIT THEM WHERE IT HURTS....IN THE WALLET!

melody h.
melody hodge5 years ago

yes, yes, yes, I would boycott amazon.com. somebody please start a petition on this. shame on them, this is partly why dogfighting and cockfighting still exist today. companies like this sell books and dvds on this kind of stuff and people learn how to start it. i know they can find out how to do it other ways but not by a company that sells items to families. im very disappointed amazon.com would sell these books and dvds, shame!

Jennifer Baker
Jennifer Baker5 years ago

Amazon just lost my business!!!!!!

pat b.
pat b.5 years ago

AMAZON SHOULD BE FINED FOR SELLING SUCH TERRIBLE IDEAS AND OUR YOUNGER GENERATION WILL GROW OP TO THINK THIS IS OKAY....I DONT THINK SO STOP AMAZON NOW

Judy H.
Judith Howard5 years ago

Unbelievable. I signed up as an affiliate. Now I'm pulling my membership and writing to Amazon expressing my outrage. There are laws protecting animals from abuse, yet, if Amazon is allowing books promoting this I say shame on Amazon.

Hester Goedhart
Eternal Gardener5 years ago

Very condemnable!!

Jane M.
Jane M6 years ago

I've boycotted Amazon (including Amazon UK) since finding out about this several years ago from the HSUS who were taking action against them with regard to this matter and will continue to do so until they stop selling promoting inhumane practices.

Bethany M.
Bethany M6 years ago

I would definitely sign a petition demanding they stop sales of such awful products.

Tiffany Lambiase
Tiffany Lambiase6 years ago

disturbing

nikki mazen
nicole lewis6 years ago

YES I WOULD AND HAVE BOYCOTTED AMAZON - LATELY IT SEEMS I HAVE STOPPED DOING BUSINESS WITH SO MANY COMPANIES BECAUSE OF THIS IGNORANCE - WHY ARE THERE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WHO DO SELFISH AND INHUMANE THINGS - THIS IS A SICK WORLD WE LIVE IN.