Debunking Common Misconceptions and Correcting Them: The Dark Side of Pang-Abay in Cockfighting

The sport of cockfighting, often referred to as “Sabong” in the Philippines, has long been ingrained in Filipino culture. However, due to concerns about animal welfare, particularly in relation to the treatment of gamecocks and the function of Pang-Abays, the bet collectors in the world of cockfighting, this cultural practice has recently come under criticism. In this blog post, we want to dispel some myths about these issues with animal welfare and talk about how to deal with them.

Misconception 1: Gamecocks are Bred and Treated Cruelly

One of the most widespread myths regarding cockfighting is that gamecocks are ruthlessly bred and handled during the breeding process. Gamecocks are indeed raised for combat, but not all breeders use unethical methods. Many breeders adhere to ethical breeding procedures and place a high priority on the health and welfare of their roosters.

It’s critical to admit that there are various breeding techniques used in the Sabong universe in order to dispel this misunderstanding. Responsible breeding, which guarantees the gamecocks are healthy and free of genetic defects, is encouraged by proponents of moral cockfighting. For their gamecocks, ethical breeders prioritize good diet, veterinary treatment, and humane living conditions.

Misconception 2: Gamecocks Suffer Needlessly in Fights

Another myth is that gamecocks suffer unnecessarily when they engage in combat. While cockfighting contests can be vicious and heated, it’s crucial to distinguish between legal and unofficial bouts. To protect the welfare of the gamecocks, there are laws and rules in place for lawful cockfighting.

It’s critical to emphasize that reputable cockfighting groups place a strong priority on the humane treatment of gamecocks in order to dispel this myth. To make sure they are as safe as possible, fights are observed and birds are evaluated by vets. In order to lessen the injury to the gamecocks, some organizations are also investigating the use of non-lethal alternatives, such as virtual cockfighting.

Misconception 3: Pang-Abays are Responsible for Animal Welfare Concerns

Animal welfare concerns in Sabong are frequently wrongly attributed to Pang-Abays, the cockfighting bet collectors. They assist in setting up the matches, but they are not the main causes of the welfare problems. These problems are strongly ingrained in cockfighting’s general culture, training techniques, and breeding processes.

It’s critical to recognize that Pang-Abays are an essential component of the sport and can serve as change agents in order to dispel this myth. They can promote openness and moral behavior within the sector, placing particular emphasis on the humane treatment of gamecocks.

Misconception 4: There is No Room for Improvement in Cockfighting

Many people think that cockfighting is an unchanging ritual with no possibility for animal welfare advancement. This misunderstanding could result in resistance to change and stagnation.

It’s critical to understand that change is possible in order to solve this misperception. The welfare of gamecocks in the world of Sabong is actively being improved by a large number of advocates and organizations. This entails encouraging moral breeding, using more compassionate training techniques, and better monitoring cockfighting occasions. We may work toward a more humane future for this cultural practice by recognizing the need for change.

Misconception 5: Animal Welfare and Tradition Are Incompatible

Another widespread misperception is that traditional traditions like Sabong and animal welfare cannot coexist. Because of this misconception, it may appear as though one must choose between protecting cultural legacy and maintaining animal welfare.

The fact that cultural practices can change is crucial in eradicating this myth. The preservation of Sabong’s distinctive characteristics and considerations for animal care can coexist in harmony. We may work toward a more humane version of this cultural practice that respects both its history and the welfare of the animals involved by having an honest and constructive discourse.


An crucial first step in addressing the ethical concerns associated with this cultural practice is dispelling widespread misconceptions regarding issues of animal welfare in the world of cockfighting. We may work toward a more sympathetic and well-balanced future for Sabong by encouraging moral breeding, humane treatment of gamecocks, and lobbying for good change within the business. It is feasible to uphold tradition while yet putting animal welfare first.