The Last Days of Legal Cockfighting in Puerto Rico

via The Last Days of Legal Cockfighting in Puerto Rico – The New York Times

The days in which the fighting roosters worked until death are over. An association in Puerto Rico asked the U.S. to eliminate cock fighting matches. They have been legal on the island since 1933. It seems that the U.S. doesn’t like the sport of roosters, although roosters are treated like boxing stars. I don’t know, I understand that animals suffer too, but nevertheless, Puerto Rico has stray dogs that live a feral, or wild life. Do those dogs suffer? At least P.R. has no dog fights. With 20,000 people that  live from the cock fighting industry, a sport brought from Spain, so many pressing problems in the bankrupt island, why did they not look for a way to modify the sport so that the roosters do not “suffer” and people stay employed on an island that is losing its inhabitants, culture and jobs.

(My photo of a rooster hanging out at El Yunque, Puerto Rico. It does no fighting.)

Published by nelsongon

I love media and communication, as well as digital technology. I write in Spanish and English, fluent in both languages: speak, read, write, comprehend. I was born in New York, but was sent to Puerto Rico at an early age, where I lived until drafted by the U.S. army. Upon returning from an honorable discharge, I found Puerto Rico small and limited at the time. I moved to Boston where I pursued musical studies and later worked as a musician, teacher, and speech-pathologist in New York. I studied music at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at various New York City colleges, including New York University, New York City, New York. I played professionally in Puerto Rico, prior to entering Berklee College of Music, and after finishing studies there I played in the 80’s bass guitar briefly, with various latin bands, including the Machito Big Band Orchestra in 1982. I was part of their recording that year. Once I saw the transitory nature of music, I studied speech-pathology and worked in that function after teaching middle-school and elementary grades in the New York City Board/Department of Education. In that capacity, I also worked for the New York City Department of Health as an independent contractor providing therapy and evaluations for pre-school and school-age children. I later worked in the high school setting in that capacity before I retired from the Department of Education. I am now retired and with my spare time, I pursue old, and new dreams, as age is a reminder of the evanescence and impermanence of life.

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