Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cockfighting History


Before basketball, wrestling, mixed martial arts and others sports were becoming popular, the cockfighting was already there. It seems that this was old as the human civilization. But no one can pinpoint who were the first persons who played cockfighting? We only knew that gamefowl birds were born to be a fighter; braveness was very natural for them.

                Before Christ was born, cockfighting was already there. It was a favorite past time of the Greek people and a favorite sport of Julius Caezar that believed as one of the first individuals in Rome who really loved this spectacular sport. As a cockfighting fanatic, he was not only promoted it in his teritory. He also brought it in England. It was becoming very popular in that country in 16th century. During the term of Henry VIII cockfighting was held at White Hall Palace. It became a national sport in England and breeding and conditioning chickens were taught in exclusives schools. But when Victoria reigned, the cockfighting was already banned. As of now, there are still some gamefowl breeders in that country, although there government don’t recognize cockfighting.

                Based on history, the first humans venerated the gamefowl bird. They treated it as a sacred or a deity. They were not eating this kind of chicken. In Greece, they associated it with their gods like Mars, Apollo and Mercury. They make a temple and they had some rituals to honor the gamefowl bird. They believed that this will be their protector from evil spirits. There was also a story that gamefowl bird became an inspiration for Roman soldiers. Their captain Themostocles conducted derby before they go at war. He motivated his soldiers by observing the characteristic of the gamefowl bird which is very brave and never surrender until they die in a battle.

                By the way, how’s cockfighting right now? Well, it gets bigger and wider because there are many people involved in this sport. We are also saddened by what happened to America where cockfighting became an illegal. They are still allowed to breed chickens, but they don’t allow to operate a derby. Even sparring of the chickens is prohibited. That’s why some American cockfighters are going to Mexico and in the Philippines just to join in a derby. By doing this, they can express themselves as a genuine or a true blood cockfighters.  We hope that cockfighting would be back in America. We as a cocker, we know that cockfighting is not bad or a criminal act. As what Abraham Lincoln said, “As long as the Almighty permitted intelligent men, created in his image and likeness, to fight in public and kill each other while the world looks on approvingly, it’s not for me to deprive the chickens of the same privilege.”

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