Today among the most populous animals on earth, the domestic chicken followed the earliest human civilizations across the globe not for food--initially--but cockfighting. Bloodline explores the rich history between human civilization and chickens, especially gamefowl and the sport of cockfighting. Host Jesse Sidlauskas, who once fought and riased gamecocks with three generations of his family, explores the narratives of the ancient past-time through hard-hitting historical research and interviews with cockfighters and gamefowl breeders.
No. 6: The Society for Prevention
Today, almost 200 years after the formation of the SPCA in London, there are satellite organizations in countries all over the globe and in many major cities. 16 years after Broome’s meeting, the crown will grant it a royal commission, and its members will dominate the politics and business of animal law in the country, and elsewhere in the world, for at least the next two centuries.
Kings of the Cockpit
We’ll be exploring the lives of some of the all-time-great cockers of England and the world up to that time, including Edward Smith-Stanley, The 12th Earl of Derby and some of his contemporaries, including William Tregonwell Frampton, William "Bill" Gilliver, Joe Gilliver and Paul Potter.
Royal Pastime, Rabble Darling, Part 2
At the end of the 1600s, cockfighting was about as prevalent among the British as it...
Royal Pastime, Rabble Darling
At its height in the 17th and 18th centuries, cocking permeated British culture without exclusion, occupying crown, court, church and countryman for centuries. Called the "Pleasure of Princes" or the "Royal Pasttime" in books from that time, it was at the same time a rabble darling, a people’s diversion.
A Gringo Walks into a Cockfight
Puerto Rican cockers currently have an appeal pending in the First Circuit Court in Boston which challenges the constitutionality of the ban and also argues the cockers were entitled and did not receive due process of law prior to the prohibition. Oral arguments were made earlier this month, and gamefowl community awaits the decision of the court judges.
The Phantom Cockfight
In this episode, we hear the story of Tommy Carrano and also talk to the gamefowl show standards expert, the chicken-man's chicken expert, Anthony Saville.