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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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Ashley    

17. Get over it TMZ and PETA. This didn't happen on American soil and it just happens to be legal where they were doing it. So butt out and mind your own damn business for a change. Everyone is so worried about everyone else life that you should start looking at your own and maybe think about living your own life instead of trying to live off of other's so to speak.

Posted at 6:31PM on Feb 7th 2008 by Mr. Black
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You are a MORON!!!! It doesn't matter where this happened or whether or not this is legal where it happened, what does matter is it's barbaric and WRONG! This kind of thing should not be ignored! It's uneducated, trashy people like you that turn their heads at something like this and ignore it because you are obviously uneducated and probably didn't have the best parents in the world who should have taught you that behavior like this is not acceptable. This is AWFUL!

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47.

sinsinter    

what an ass

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48.

Big Poppa Pump    

Where are all the bull fighting videos that tourists go to see in Spain & Mexico?

Get a life PETA!

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49.

M H    

nothing wrong with it imo...as long as the winner gets a little female action after the fight

if chickens roamed free the males would fight to the death over the females......peta should go after mother nature

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50.

Reality    

It could be a part of their culture?

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51.

ME    

GET OVER IT. He's Dominican not American. He doesnt follow our american "ways, thoughts, culture, beliefs etc..."... Believe it or not, America doesnt set standards world wide.
guess what, in china they EAT cats... oooo..

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bewildered bystander    

once again Americans want to shove their opinions down the worlds throats. This is culturally acceptable in the domenican republic but NO we are CONROL FREAKS, this kind of thinking got us in the wars in Iraq and elsewhere. Who do we think we are to tell other people what they can and cannot do inside their own nation?

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TROLL SMASHERS    

42. Honestly, if you little b1tches care so much, why don't you go to the dominican republic and stop it,

Posted at 6:56PM on Feb 7th 2008 by Butler

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THANK YOU! Peta's pulling in millions upons millions in forced donations and gov grants each, they could just go and buy all those roosters and keep them as men, I mean pets.

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Jessica SImpson    

It's idiots like you that make this world such a sick place! It is NOT OK to be cruel to animals and the sooner you stop this kind of thing the faster this world becomes a better place to live in. Please stop saying such stupid, ignorant things!

Posted at 6:58PM on Feb 7th 2008 by WTF?
if care so much, why don't you go to the dominican republic and stop it, But you won't. You know why? Because you have never gotten off your fat seatwarmer and done a thing. I know you think you are being proactive, but you aren't.

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55.

Darryl    

Hey "you are an idiot", yes you are. Have you or any of your friends or family members ever hunted? Do any of you eat meat? I highly doubt you, or any of these PETA-brain losers, can so NO TO ALL, so get over your hypocritical selves. You are not as holier than thou and caring as you wanna believe.

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noitall    

IT DOES NOT MATTER ONE BIT THAT HE WAS IN HIS NATIVE D.R. ! CRUELTY IS CRUELTY. SIMPLE.

THE FACT THAT SOMEONE, IN THIS CASE ONCE AGAIN, A SUPPOSED SPORTS "HERO", IS INVOLVED IN THIS ATROCIOUS BEHAVIOR SAYS VOLUMES ABOUT THE SORT OF DESPICABLE PERSON HE IS..

THE LEAGUE WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS. AND IT WON'T BE GOOD FOR HIM..............

REMEMBER THE OUT SPOKEN VOICES OF THE PEOPLE THAT GOT VICK KICKED OUT OF A LUCRATIVE FOOTBALL CAREER ??? THE SAME CAN, WILL AND SHOULD HAPPEN TO THIS PIECE OF CRAP !!!!!!!!

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57.

lee    

Pedro Martinez is a vicious, violent savage - like Michael Vick. A filthy little man. A monster. Same for Juan Marichal (And I was a Mets fan my whole life - until I saw this. Never again.)

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Ashley    

36. To #15 there are worse things a parent can be ashamed of (porn industry) I dont see anything wrong with it, its perfectly legal, it is a part of their culture. You need to get off your high horse and accept other peoples differences, quit being so uppity. ITS JUST A ROOSTER NOT A HUMAN BEING, its either this or they get butchered...LIFE GOES ON

Posted at 6:50PM on Feb 7th 2008 by Nick
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WOW! What a stupid comment! Being cruel to animals is not just a simple difference in people. It doesn't matter if it is a rooster or a person, it is a living, feeling being and deserves to be treated with kindness! Maybe YOU should be thrown into a dog fighting ring and get killed! I would rather it be you being killed and not some poor innocent animal! DROP DEAD!

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59.

Kyle    

Puerto Rico - hell hole - was also where they recently massacred hundreds of unwanted dogs.

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GGW Fan    

You saying he should die or be hung are lame... The life of a human is not comprable to that of a chicken. He was with in his legal rights and participating in a common past time inhis culture. Face it folks it's a brutal world. Just be glad we don't take a couple of bleeding heart tree huggers out and make them fight to the death. Now I would pay to see that.

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