The Contenders


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  1. I’ve always wanted to attend a cockfight and have been tempted to several times but have never worked up the guts to watch. I’ve only seen them on TV and it’s really kinda sad to see the cocks getting hurt with that blade on their leg, but at the same time I want to see … (ahhh the lure of gore). Thanks for the pictures, takes the edge off wanting to see them in person :).

    • It’s not for the faint of heart, most are fatal, sometimes to both parties. In the barrios I will sometimes run into sparring sessions where the gamecocks are fitted with padded leather clubs around their spurs instead of blades to avoid injury. If you ever find yourself in a rural fiesta, there’s a good chance a tournament is taking place.

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