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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Cockfighting

Cockfighting was popular in ancient times in China, India, Persia, and other Eastern countries and was introduced into Greece in the time of Themistocles (c. 524-460 BC).

It was during Magellan's voyage of discovery of the Philippines in 1521 when modern cockfighting was first witnessed and documented by Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan's chronicler.

The earliest known book on the sport of cockfighting was The Commendation of Cocks and Cock Fighting published by George Wilson in 1607.

Cockfighting was a popular sport in England until 1849, when it was banned.

The actor Steven Seagal once participated in a raid trying to uncover an illegal cockfighting ring because "Animal cruelty is one of my pet peeves". The raid ended up killing more than 100 hens and roosters and the family dog.

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