Sport: Squawks & Feathers

The expensive cars basking like fat seals in the parking lot came from as far away as Rhode Island, Texas and Michigan. Inside the arena, meticulously dressed fans exchanged tips in well-modulated tones. In most of the U.S., cockfighting today is a tawdry, fugitive affair of back alleys and darkened cellars. But in the bigtime environs of the Orlando (Fla.) Game Club, cockfighting is a perfectly legal "sport" whose devotees are proud of its bloody heritage. Last week, as the Game Club staged its 42nd annual international tournament, a trade magazine called Grit and Steel was moved to declare that the...

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