Thursday, February 7, 2008

Pedro Martinez likes to cockfight. According to the NY Post story, Martinez and Hall of Famer Juan Marichal are seen in a video [since pulled from Youtube] laughing as a "gruesome cockfight" ensues at Coliseo de Gallos - the largest cockfighting venue in the Dominican Republic. The two pitchers "are seen grinning before releasing two roosters." Unlike the United States, cockfighting is legal in the Dominican and seen as an acceptable, popular practice. While Mike Vick sits in prison for his involvement with a dog-fighting ring, it's interesting to see a country some 100 miles from Florida allow a similar cruelty toward animals. Then again, in Pamplona, Spain, there is the annual running of the bulls and in countless other countries come comparable traditions.

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