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Nothing but a Chicken? 

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Regarding the question asked by "Javier" ["Blood Sport," by Tori Marlan, June 14], if chickens could talk, would they rather go to the pot or wanna fight? I think the obvious answer is neither. "Javier," how would you respond if such a question was posed to you?

I was very surprised the Reader devoted a huge cover story for "Javier" to spout his crap. "Javier" purports to be a "sportsman" or "cockman." I think dickhead psychotic pervert is a more appropriate term.

He claims to care for his birds, yet he forces his birds to fight. By his own admission, even if a loser is not killed in the ring, it is nursed to health to fight again, or made into chicken soup. How sporting of him! A regular Florence Nightingale!!

"Javier" throws terms around like "prestige" and claims cockfighting should be accepted because it is a part of his culture. So what! Dogs are eaten in many parts of the world. If a Filipino-American were to barbecue his dog he would be put in jail. And rightly so.

There can be no justification for the cruelty perpetuated by "Javier" and other cockfighters.

Being on the lower end of the totem pole of animals is not a valid excuse to torture and kill them. A human baby is much less intelligent than an adult human animal. Does that mean we should impose our will, no matter how cruel, upon them? Of course not!

"Javier" and others like him should come clean and admit the truth: they enjoy watching blood and death or they accept it in a sick attempt to win money.

I'd love to see "Javier" and friends pitted pound for pound in a fight to the death with another human being in a Thunderdome-type situation. Maybe we can get Tina Turner to reprise her role from the movie. Now that would be a truly enjoyable experience!

Scott A. Brooks


PS: "Javier," at least I have the balls to stand by my beliefs with my real name. I guess "coward" should be added when speaking of you.

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