Cockfighting: Watching the Spectacle

Preparing the gamecock for combat, making firm attachments of the spurs with the gauze tape. ISO 1250, 1/80, f/2.8, @60mm The final wrapping of the spurs to the gamecock’s legs is of upmost importance, as judges will be inspecting these spur attachments after the fight to determine whether they were placed correctly to meet cockfighting show standards, and…

The Fate of the Gamecock, Part Two

As much as I dislike writing about animals used for sport and spectacles, I do believe in documenting the reality that continues to permeate the belief that these practices are a necessary component of cultural expression and social congregation. Cockfighting, as well as Bullfighting, are examples of spectacles that countries such as Puerto Rico and Spain use as activities…

The Fate of the Gamecock, Part One

 A Puerto Rican Gamecock before removal of natural spurs, with comb, wattle, and feathers removed  ISO 400, f/4, 1/80, @60mm.   Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory which stills allows cockfighting. But whether it’s progressing as an industry with economical profit, is a question that many still ask. Many clandestine fights continue throughout the island, disregarding the well…