A Miami Cock Talks Cockfighting From the Frontlines
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As a young chick, I was learned and inquisitive. I would walk the streets of my home in Little Havana, near 12th Avenue, wondering about the deeper things in life. Like why did I want to cross the road exactly? And what was I going to do on the other side? I wondered which came first, me or the egg?? I was philosophical, yet spirited and feisty, an activist. I protested Pollo Tropical, vandalized that giant chicken in Calle Ocho, and boycotted McDonalds only to learn they do not use real chicken anyway.
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We were cooped up in tight quarters, sick and diseased. It took strength most cocks don't have to survive the 10-month ordeal until eventually I was sold. To the cock-fighters. They trained us to fight. The conditioning was hard, like eye-of-the-tiger Rocky-hard. The cock-fighters made me drink eggs. That's just cannibalism, mayne.
Plus I didn't want to fight. They forced me. I am a lover, not a fighter. But I had to. I had no choice. When the day came and they threw me in the ring I knew if I lost, I would be a drumstick. So I fought and killed and tore to pieces quickly anyone they put me in the ring with. I am a cold-blooded murderer, mayne. I am undefeated. 37-O. A champion cock!! They call me Ahorita! because of the quickness in which you will meet your demise.
However, they will kill me if I don't take a dive. The stakes are high now!! I have only one option. To defeat the San Diego Chicken and then run to escape a certain death by the chicken mafia. I must run. But not from fear. I will run for freedom. And if I don't make it, I want my story told for all the future chickens who are forced to fight. It is not right! Liberta!! Liberta!! Liberta!!
The time has arrived for me to approach the New Times readers, understanding their total obsession with cock--and say remember me, remember Ahorita!, as a brave and loyal cock, a victim of this loco environment, this Magic City, this place you call home, your Miami. Remember my name and scream it wherever there is injustice! Ahorita! Liberta!!
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