Words are very important to express our strong conviction. Our will to fight for our rights. To be proud of the sports of cockfighting. To love proudly our eggs aka gamecock breed of chicken.
After 21 years since the release of “Where The Gamecock Crows” video, hopefully UGBA as an entity will change its principles of NOT publicly acknowledging their support for the sports of cockfighting.
But several UGBA presidents/officers as individuals have been:
- interviewed on video and
- testified on legal matters
that UGBA members’ business is selling gamecock roosters. And even mentioned for cockfighting purposes.
Although, UGBA or its officers supported many cockfighters in their legal defense on lawsuits by the government in the court of law.
- UGBA have to be proud to say that “I’m A Cockfighter” and “We Love This Game, Cockfighting” to anyone in the planet including the Police, Judge, and even POTUS.
- UGBA have to organize “individual rights” street protests nationwide
- UGBA have to have a public campaign for the love of the sports of cockfighting
- UGBA have to nurture “individual liberty activism” from cradle to grave
as did the LGBT movement and Civil Rights movement. These two movements do not relent on fighting for their rights in the past and today.
To honor our gamecocks, we must have “Gameness til the End”.
- Cockfighters are right.
- The law is wrong.
We will change the minds of people in this planet about their oppression to our lives.
Kudos UGBA on using the word “gamecock” even just on the video title.
In the video, the research analysts (Dr. Bryant and Dr. Marsh) used the words:
- game rooster
- game chicken
In the video, the UGBA narrator used the words:
At the bottom is the Video Transcription by GTTE.
– Gameness til the End
“He who sacrifices cockfighter’s cockfighting freedom for breeder’s chicken selling security deserves neither.”
– United Nations of Cockfighting
“Cockfighting is the Only Reason There are Great Breeders and Great Cockfighters.”
– United Nations of Cockfighting (Principle #11)
Where The Gamecock Crows
Video by UGBA
Video Transcription by GTTE
The american farms still represent the best of traditional american values. This inspite of the nation’s shift to an urban population and urban attitudes. An important part of the american farms since the colonial times has been poultry. Domestic chickens arrived in america with the English settlers in the 17th century. However, the history of the domestic chicken goes back much further to prehistoric times. Anthropological evidences suggest that chicken were domesticated by man as early as 5000 BC. The chicken was brought westward to the middle east by at least by 2000 BC. Our early recorded history tell of chickens being used by man for eggs, meat, and sports. The use of chickens for eggs and meat developed from man’s hunting and food gathering activities. However, the use of chickens for sports grew out of the bird’s natural tendency to fight. The domestic chicken probably descended from the red junglefowl of India or the grey junglefowl of Malaysia. In the wild, these birds are territorial. The male rules a harem of female bird and their young within their territory. When challenged by a rival male fowl, these birds will fight often to the death to maintain their territory.
Dr Glyde Marsh is a poultry scientist and a professor emeritus at Ohio State University.
Marsh: “The game rooster or the game cock was probably the first of our domestic chickens that arouse from these wild junglefowl.”
The birds’ natural tendency to fight has fascinated man for centuries.
Marsh: “The birds fight because they are genetically designed to do this. It is part of their very nature.”
In India, the Institutes of Manu Systems of Laws and Rules of Conduct contains specific regulations concerning cockfighting. These laws are at least 30 centuries old and cockfighting, at least informally, must be older. As cockfighting moved westward, it spread to the Persians, Macedonians, and Greeks. Eventually, it was taken up by the Romans where it remained popular for centuries. In England by the reign of Henry II, it did become popular sports by school boys. Henry VIII elevated it to a royal diversion when he had a cockpit constructed at his palace. In America, George Washington raised gamecocks. President Andrew Jackson was a gamefowl enthusiast. And Abraham Lincoln in his early days refereed cockfights. Today, throughout the world enthusiasm for gamefowl and cockfighting is strong. This inspite of opposition to the sports which existed in varying degrees for centuries.
Dr Clifton Bryant is a sociologist who studied cockfighting and gamefowl enthusiasts. His work has been published in various sociological journals.
Bryant: “Cockfighting not only is perhaps the oldest spectator sports on earth. It may very well be the widest spread the most wide spread sports on earth. It is found on almost every tropical and many temperate societies of the world. And is enormously popular in metro latin america and in some parts of asia. Enthusiasm is not exactly the correct word for what people feel about cockfighting in the Philippines. They are zany about it. It is like the national sports in the Philippines. Every small town has a cockpit, a pavilion, a coliseum, something of these sorts. Some of the ones around the larger cities is a very large very spacious very deluxe. And attract enormous number of people.”
Over time there have been various arguments against cockfighting.
Bryant: “Much of the objections, in 19th century America, on cockfighting as many forms of diversions had to do with the waste of time. And you should be applying yourself working hard, trying to make profit of these sorts.”
Today, there is opposition to the use of animal in the medical research as well as for food and for production.
Bryant: “Somewhere around 1920-1930 in this country, the attitude toward animal shifted from that of instrumental posture that is the idea of animals as tools as implements the horse pulls your plow they pulled your wagon the cow gave milk that kind of thing. We moved into a posture of seeing animals in a more of affective emotional sense in that animal was basically another variation of human. At any rate, the bambi syndrome is where we begin …. to project a human quality on animals. This is where we see the many opposition to animal activities such as trapping, hunting, cockfighting, rodeo and similar types of sports.”
Even conventional farming techniques are challenged on the basis of treatment of livestock. The movement to abolish cockfighting is now spread to banning the ownership of gamefowl for any purpose including show birds and perpetuation of the breed.
Bryant: “The abolition of cockfighting will have a negative effect as far as the maintenance of the game bird as one of the breeds of poultry. Some of the breeding of the broiler chickens that we are all eating goes back to a game rooster, the cornish game bird out of Britain which was a heavy weight gamecock was actually bred into almost all the commercial meat type chickens we have now.”
Gamefowl and broiler chickens share many characteristics. For example, when a rooster comes of age, it faces courage day. When the bird’s natural tendency to defend territory expresses itself. It is common to most breeds of chicken as evidence by the cock’s crow which can be heard in farmyards across the country. So, how does a life of a gamecock compare to that of a broiler chicken. Dr Marsh offers some interesting observations
Marsh: “The commercial broiler chicken that we have like goes to the Colonel Sanders lives about 42-43 days and that’s the end of it. Many game roosters can live life and we see a few of them in 12-13 years old. If we did not breed this bird in the first place to fight, he never have the opportunity to live. …”
Like any other recreational hobby, this market has economic impact. Food, medications, supplies, and labor are all required to raise gamefowl.
Marsh: “Anyone that has any success as far as maintaining gamefowl has found that they have to provide 24 hours attention 7 days a week to these birds.”
One group dedicated to the successful perpetuation of gamefowl is the United Gamefowl Breeder Association or UGBA formed in 1977. The membership is spread across the United States and includes people from many walks of life.
Don Perdue is a former President of UGBA.
Perdue: “Well, it is an expensive hobby. Research conducted in 1988 showed that the average gamefowl breeder spends $13 per year per bird on feed alone. If you add in other cost such as maintenance and facility and veterinary supplies, that average cost goes up to more than $20 per bird per year. With the average flock size of nearly 200 birds, you can see that the gamefowl breeder has a tremendous impact to local economies.”
Larry Romero is a gamefowl breeder.
Romero: “It takes a lot of maintenance. And these pens have to move once a week. The roosters have to be watered and fed everyday. For instance, I run about 800-100 cocks here. And there is 3 guys who work here everyday.”
Economics and maintenance are only part of UGBA’s concerns. Their activities includes meetings and news letters devoted to perpetuating healthy gamefowl and the gamecock industry. Their annual convention is well attended and provides an opportunity to meet fellow hobbyist from around the country.
Frank Jared is a UGBA member.
Jared: “Oh, man. I’ll tell you what it is a great group of people. Fantastic. Just old time companionship, sportsmanship, breeding of gamefowl.”
Bob Guilbeau is the owner of Prejean’s Cajun Seafood.
Guilbeau: “These gamefowl fanciers have been coming here I guess 9-10 years. And I love it. We become good friends. Some are business associates now. And during the recession we had in the 1980’s, this group supported me more than any group. These people are responsible in a large part for the success that I had today.”
The UGBA is also involved in charity work. An informational program to raise awareness of their hobby.
Dr Bryant surveyed this group as part of the sociological study to determine the value structure of the gamefowl enthusiast.
Bryant: “We have published some of these data in a recent sociological channel article. And basically it shows that the value structure of the cockfighters is essentially that of the average americans. That the only thing that makes them particularly unique in terms of character and disposition is that their hobby is fighting cocks.”
Dr Bryant’s study found out statistically this group is slightly more rural than the general population. They tend to be married and many is self employed. However, the negative stereotype often applied to this group is not supported by the study.
Bryant: “They are simply doing what they have been doing traditionally in this country. But it has become simply no longer the fashion in some circles to do these kinds of things.”
Marsh: “We see people that just are enthusiastically about bowling, skiing, outside competition, movie making, all the arts. We have people for some reason seem have develop enthusiasm for this type of activity that is individual to them. And we have people that are just all wrapped up in their interest in game chicken.”
Bryant: “So you do not have to agree with what people in cockfighting say they get out of it. Simply accept the fact that they think that they do. That they feel that they do. That they believe that they do. And that they believe that as an american living in democracy that they have the right to do these kind of things because this is part of the american heritage too. Permitting people to do the things that they do.”
Gamefowl have lived with man domestically for centuries. The extinction of the breed in America will represent the end of a traditional way of life.
Clifton Bryant, Ph.D
Clyde A. Marsh, DVM
Special Thanks To
Mr. & Mrs. Roland Lormand
Mr. Larry “Green Jeans” Romero
Prejean’s Restaurant, Lafayette, LA
Mr. Chris Hatten
Mr. Narciso T. Arong
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