Land Beyond the Blue

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Good video, did not care much for most of the background music. Should have used less "movie" music and more DR music.
 
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Fantastic video...wish they had not put in the part about the cock fighting as it can give a bad image but this video was about the Dominican way of life, not the way of life for us foreigners, and unfortunately cock fighting is still a big part of Dominican culture. One of the best DR related videos that I have seen in a long time, congrats to all involved in the production of this.
 

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Fantastic video...wish they had not put in the part about the cock fighting as it can give a bad image but this video was about the Dominican way of life, not the way of life for us foreigners, and unfortunately cock fighting is still a big part of Dominican culture. One of the best DR related videos that I have seen in a long time, congrats to all involved in the production of this.
My thoughts exactly. However, if you watch the video on his YouTube channel he adds the following comment:

Note on cockfighting
Although this bloody sport is popular in the Dominican culture I’m personally against any “amusement” practice agains every kind of animal. All YouTube proceeds from this video will be donated to the PETA association.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-uPHbfznlM&feature=emb_logo
 

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Cockfighting is actually quite popular throughout Latin America. It's a legacy from the Spanish Empire since the Spanish were the ones to first introduce the sport in the Americas (probably the DR was the first place to see cockfights in the Western Hemisphere for an obvious reason), though it's present in places other than former Spanish colonies.

In neighboring Puerto Rico there was an issue when the US government made the sport illegal everywhere including US territory. What did Puerto Rico's governor do? Exploit a loophole to make it legal again in PR. Here is the moment in 2019 when Puerto Rico's governor signed into law basically exploiting a loophole in US anti-cockfighting legislation that kept the sport legal in Puerto Rico on the basis that it's part of the island's tradition and culture.


Needless to say the sport has been banned in most places in Spain, the country where it arrived first in the Americas. Despite that, a few places such as the Canary Islands went against the grain and cockfighting is still legal there.

There are cockfighting competitions with birds and their owners from different countries. The main cockfighting ring in Santo Domingo gets competitors arriving with their birds from places like Puerto Rico, Colombia, etc. Dominicans too travel to those and other places with their birds to take part in competitions.

Given that, cockfighting will continue to be legal for a very long time, maybe forever.
 
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Given that, cockfighting will continue to be legal for a very long time, maybe forever.
I wish your prediction came true.
Another example of the "First World" (first in what?) telling a small country out of London what the values should be.
 

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Lots of great, brief shots of Samana, Cato Levantado and El Monte Azul near Las Galeras.
 

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Cockfighting is actually quite popular throughout Latin America. It's a legacy from the Spanish Empire since the Spanish were the ones to first introduce the sport in the Americas (probably the DR was the first place to see cockfights in the Western Hemisphere for an obvious reason), though it's present in places other than former Spanish colonies.

In neighboring Puerto Rico there was an issue when the US government made the sport illegal everywhere including US territory. What did Puerto Rico's governor do? Exploit a loophole to make it legal again in PR. Here is the moment in 2019 when Puerto Rico's governor signed into law basically exploiting a loophole in US anti-cockfighting legislation that kept the sport legal in Puerto Rico on the basis that it's part of the island's tradition and culture.


Needless to say the sport has been banned in most places in Spain, the country where it arrived first in the Americas. Despite that, a few places such as the Canary Islands went against the grain and cockfighting is still legal there.

There are cockfighting competitions with birds and their owners from different countries. The main cockfighting ring in Santo Domingo gets competitors arriving with their birds from places like Puerto Rico, Colombia, etc. Dominicans too travel to those and other places with their birds to take part in competitions.

Given that, cockfighting will continue to be legal for a very long time, maybe forever.
Let's not forget there is BIIG money involved in cockfighting, and a large part of the country's politicians are involved.
 
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Also, before baseball was introduced from the USA and became the most popular sport, cockfighting was the one that took that place. It was in the 20th century that the number one sport in the DR finally changed to something that was not cockfighting. Even during the entire colonial period cockfighting was number one. Think about that for a moment.
 

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Also, before baseball was introduced from the USA and became the most popular sport, cockfighting was the one that took that place. It was in the 20th century that the number one sport in the DR finally changed to something that was not cockfighting. Even during the entire colonial period cockfighting was number one. Think about that for a moment.
OK, I get that. Is it waning? What do the under 30 crowd think of it?
 

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OK, I get that. Is it waning? What do the under 30 crowd think of it?
There is no tiguerito/chamaquito that doesn't dream of owning a 150 dollar moto with a plastic naked lady seat and raising a few Gallo for fighting. They fight them in the back yard, in the alley way, wherever. I guess it depends on the demographic.