I'm the guy that lets flies out rather than killing them. People can have their opinions about animal rights, but cockfighting is part of the island culture. I attended my first about 45 years ago in a barn outside San Juan. I was actually at Club Gallistico when the facility first opened over 40 years ago...yes, over 40 years ago. I returned this past week... It is still going strong. Built like a miniature Astrodome, with an Astroturf like surface, locals wave hands full of dollars at each other and secure wager after wager. I found myself watching the crowd more than the birds! The arena probably gets a little dicy late at night, but it is in a tourist area, and tourists as well as kids are ever-present. Food and drinks available, and everyone is willing to help you understand what is going on around you...and believe me, you will have some questions! Although "wanded' for weapons at admission, I didn't have the slightest bit of concern for our safety. Like I said tourists and children are made quite welcome. In fact, we got there with only about 7 or 8 fights left on the Saturday evening card, and the lady didn't even charge us to go in. I think it is ordinarily about $5.00. If your reaction is disgust, then don't go...but then don't experience something that is important to the island culture. Sure, there is a little blood, and some birds may die, but it is not nearly as offensive as you probably think. It is in fact very controlled. Go with an open mind, see it, take in the culture, the commraderie and the excitement. I doubt any seasoned traveller could leave there with an opinion other than they were glad that they experienced it. Just do it!
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