Documentary

Cockfighting is considered a blood sport by animal welfare and animal rights activists and others, due in some part to the physical trauma the cocks inflict on each other. While not all fights are to the death, the cocks may endure significant physical trauma. In many other areas around the world, cockfighting is still practiced as a mainstream event; in some countries it is regulated by law, or forbidden outright.

In the United States, cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, but remains legal in its territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. The Spaniards introduced cockfighting to Puerto Rico in the 16th century, and the sport was officially recognized for the first time in April 1770. The practice was banned after the U.S. occupied the island in 1898, and it wasn't until August 1933 that it won official status and became known as the "gentleman's sport" because of its honor-based betting system in which men yell bets at each other and later pay them. Puerto Rican cock-fighting has long been considered a social equalizer, with everyone from farmhands to business executives sitting elbow-to-elbow at fights. It's accessible to all, from those who can afford only one scraggly gamecock to reggaeton singers who buy gamecocks at $3,000 a pop.

On this Mini Documentary we follow Abimael Correa, a typical gamecock breeder & cockfight enthusiast from Bayamón, Puerto Rico, as he explained to us the process and methods of breeding a gamecock since its birth.

*As a note to our viewers and public in general, we do not condone the sport of cockfighting. Nor do we endorse inhumane and cruelty to any animal. It's important that the public know that the dogs presented on this Mini Documentary are RESCUE DOGS.

Camera equipment:
2 CANON 5D Mark ii
1 CANON 7D
CANON 50mm f1.2 L
CANON 24mm f1.4 L
ROKINON 35mm T1.5 CINEMA LENS
ROKINON 85mm T1.5 CINEMA LENS
KONOVA 4ft Slider
2 MANFROTTO FLUID VIDEO MONOPOD with 700 Series Head

Audio Equipment:
SENNHEISER EW-112-p G3 Wireless Lavalier System
RODE VIDEO MIC PRO

Music:
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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