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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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maryland    

I agree with post #95 that's legal in the Dominican Republic why we here in the us need to be poking our noses in there???

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122.

Alleycat    

Just because it's legal in other countries, doesn't take away from the pain and suffering these innocent animals are forced to endure. Animals are supposed to live free and without cruelty against them. I hope he apologizes and doesn't do this again!

2265 days ago
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maryland    

post #118

how the heck?? you got rooster fights with child alimony and child support??????? it is wrong because you said so??? Ohhh I think everybody is entitled to have an opinion that we disagree with you it doesn't mean we are not thinking just means that we think different than you

2265 days ago
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maryland    

I meant post #111

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Texas    

This is actually legal here in one state in the US. As of August 2008 it will no longer be though. These people also pay big money for the chickens. And this is a very big custom there and in several other countries around the world. The chickens used are not edible to begin with, and were actually bred to do this one thing.

Just a little bit more information the White House used to have fighting chickens kept there. Abe Lincoln was known to like the sport as was Washington and Jefferson.

2265 days ago
126.

dogggonit    

Roosters make great pets, To know and own a rooster is a privilage, I own a rooster named Frank and would never let anyone do such a mean thing.

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Anne    

29. SO WHAT! It is legal and part of the culture in many part of the world. American values are not the only values in the world - Get the Hell Over Yourselves!!!

'Honor killings' are part of the 'culture' in the Muslim world;doesn't make it ethical or moral,words you have no concept of.

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kim suck    

107. Real Men. hahahaha! D do you watch football? Hockey? That's just then being proxies for the "real men" out there. Have you ever been anywhere else in the world? Real men in most of the Dominican Republic have to work harder than any real men here in the US have to just to feed their families each day. Please. Like you know so much about "real men." It's judgemental people like you that make others hate the US.

Posted at 8:11PM on Feb 7th 2008 by yogagirl

shut up BIG MOUTH!!!!!!!! I guess they are better EH??? racist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2265 days ago
129.

noitall    

LJ.............. VERY, VERY WELL SAID !!!!!!!!!!!!!

2265 days ago
130.

HUMANE DOG PERSON    

Get all these bastards out of sports away from people who look up to them and away from these high salaries. They don't deserve our money or respect at all. ANY one who would do something like this to another living creature is a low life inhumane creep who should be in prison, or locked away on an island. They need to suffer for their actions.

2265 days ago
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April Fouels    

I AM A CARNIVORE, INCLUDING MAMMALS.

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132.

irany    

if it's legal, what's the problem?

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Hate TMZ    

WE ARE ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS. HOW CAN YOU PORTRAY THESE MORONS AS LAUGHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TMZ...............IF YOU ARE MAKING INCOME FROM THIS STORY WE ARE TAKING LEGAL ACTION. WE DO NOT CARE IF THIS IS LEGAL IN ANOTHER COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DESPIDESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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yogagirl    

please wtf does our opinion have to do with it? It's THEIR country. It's a CHICKEN! WE EAT CHICKENS. Are we so much better than them? Oh wait maybe we buy "free range" chicken. That just means they get to run around together in a huge pen crammed in like sardines before their heads are lopped off and they're popped in the scalding water. God these holier than thou people drive me nuts. It's THEIR country and THEIR culture. How would we like it if other cultures demanded WE change the things that offend THEM? Believe it or not, amazing tho it may be to some, we ARE offensive to some other cultures! Imagine that.

2265 days ago
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yogagirl    

Well of COURSE it's more humane to kill the rooster to EAT it than to have it fight to death! The rooster appreciates it, I'm sure! With all of its little chicken brain, it appreciates it! It's an important difference!

HATE TMZ you are hilarious. You made my day.

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