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Pedro and the Cockfight -- The Horrifying Video

2/7/2008 8:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained the video of three-time Cy Young award winner Pedro Martinez at a cockfight with Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal in the Dominican Republic. Did Michael Vick not teach us all a lesson?

The video shows Mets star Martinez and Marichal serving as "soltadores" -- the people who release the animals into the death ring. As the fight goes on -- which we have chosen not to show -- Martinez and Marichal can be seen in the audience, smiling and laughing.

Cockfighting is legal and popular in the Dominican Republic.

It's unclear whose rooster won, but really -- does it matter?

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Who cares if it's legal where he's from? All sorts of barbaric things are legal in other countries, doesnt make it right.

2449 days ago


thats good... senor PEDRO MARTINEZ....its your COUNTRY and part of TRADITION... PETA cannot STOP IT!!! even in the PHILIPPINES.

2449 days ago


Dominicans are twisted with a sick, barbarous culture and should be exposed for the brutes they truly are. Well done TMZ!!!

2449 days ago

One Thought    

So I guess everyone who are such animal lovers and bashing Juan are never eat meat or any animal products..if you do you have no room to talk.

2449 days ago


People killing chickens to eat as a meal is a whole lot different than making the poor animals fight to the death with razor blades strapped to their feet so that they can rip each other to shreds. Athletes are evil and bloodthirsty.

2449 days ago

One Thought    

Here we go again with Americans opposig their values and beliefs on others as though we are always right..that is why so much of the world hate us.

2449 days ago


The usual comments from the typical urban dwelling community. It occurred in a country whose culture is not "shocked" by such activities, and if anyone on this board knew much about roosters, they will kill each other if not kept separated in a farm setting...hens do the same at times. These are not some household pets conditioned to be junkyard fighters. Also, if you knew anything about game fowl, they are actually treated a thousand times better than those darling little birds you munch on each day from KFC or your local grocery store. Game fowl actually live much longer, and in a much better environment than chickens raised for YOUR consumption.

I'll take a culture that is okay with game fowl fighting anyday over a culture that claims to be so much more enlightened, while for the most part, consists of a bunch of gameboy playing, reality TV watching morons. By the way "TNZ Staff" comparing this to Michael Vick is apples and oranges.

2449 days ago

sparkys nemesis    

We all know it's wrong but in his culture, it isn't. Hey, in *our* culture, we eat chickens, right? Is that ok? Still, very disappointed in him. And those that use animals for entertainment, especially where they could get hurt.

2449 days ago


#218 (KFC)

You hit the nail right on the head. Well said.

2449 days ago


In India, Cattle are held in the highest regard. The US slaughters and consumes hundreds cows every day.

The people in India, may (I don't know for sure) may feel that people who slaughter and eat cows are sick and twisted people and you should all be jailed and stopped and strung up like a Christmas Turkey (no pun intended). Now how would you like the people of India to inflict their culture on you?

Or for those of you who think he should be "jailed" with Vick, the next time an American visits India should he be jailed because he ate a burger before he visited? Look at both sides. You can't prove your culture to be above all others, so who are you to inflict your culture or values on another group of people? You aren't the judges and jury or morality police of the entire world.

BTW the Chinese torture Saint Bernards to make the meat more tender before they slaughter and eat them. What do you all think of that???

2449 days ago

michael meade    

Just makes me sick at how people get so upset over animals and especially ones not as pets. There are plenty of humans in need and treated poorly. When was the last time YOU did anything to help them? OH and pass me that fried chicken leg, Please? HMMMM Good.

2449 days ago


Gotta agree with #218 (KFC)and #220 (JD), it's the Dominican Republic not the USA. Their "culture" is embraces activities that you may find shocking but they are not. Also, remember that prior to Mike Vick, nobody really paid very much attention to the "dog fighting" issue in this country.

2449 days ago


Maybe we should stop showing our ignorance towards other cultures.

2449 days ago


This bothers me as a Metys Fan and Animal Lover

2449 days ago


I've never left a message before, but "Thanks TMZ" for not showing the brutality. You proved you do have standards.

2449 days ago
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