Cockfighting is a blood sport to the death involving two specially-bred roosters with razor-sharp spurs attached to their legs. If you are new to the sport, you would know that it is an ancient Eastern sport that has gained a strong, if ultra-secret, following in Western nations.
A CCTV security camera, on the other hand, is part of a surveillance and security that seeks to deter crime and catch criminals in the act. You should not be new to these surveillance cameras as you see them virtually everywhere – train stations, offices, homes, stores, and theme parks and on roads.
You might be wondering about the things in common between a blood sport and a CCTV security camera by now. Well, read on.
Both Can Get You Jailed
Cockfighting is illegal in the United States and in most of Europe, though certain areas in France are exempted from the ban by virtue of the sport having a long-standing tradition recognized by the state. Still, practitioners of combats de coq (as they are called in France) face up to two years in jail when caught engaging in them outside of the authorized villages. Even the mere possession of cockfighting paraphernalia outside the villages can get you jailed, though attending the cockfights are not prohibited for the non-French.
As such, you can face both imprisonment and fines for violations of the laws against cockfighting that includes anything and everything having to do with fighting cocks from possession to placing wagers. In fact, a CCTV camera caught two men in Bristol engaging in a cockfight with the consequence that jail time can be served.
That being said, whatever shenanigans you perform in front of a CCTV security camera can get you jailed, too. Hocking stolen jewelry at a pawnshop? Shoplifting from the department store? Beating the red light? Speeding on highways? Cheating at the casino? Even having an affair? All these crimes caught on a CCTV security camera can cost you big-time!
Both Expose You to Dangers
Cockfighting is not just deadly to the roosters. You are also exposed to the dangers present in cockpits (term for where cockfights are held) such as:
– Gambling especially as this is the norm in cockfights.
– Firearms and other weapons used to protect large amounts of money present for the gambling side
– Illegal drugs particularly as law enforcement officials have discovered a strong connection between cockfighting and narcotics
And if you bring your children to cockfights, you are similarly exposing them to dangers that not even violent shows and games can equal. This is, after all, real blood and real life.
On the other hand, a CCTV security camera exposes you to the dangers of involuntary surveillance. Imagine how you would feel if your image is caught on tape without your consent and said video footage was used for nefarious purposes.
Then again, a CCTV security camera does alert you to approaching danger especially when it has pan-and-tilt, zoom-and-focus features. If you think about it, this is not such a bad trade-off. You can think of it as a little invasion of your privacy for the sake of the bigger picture of public safety.
The next time you are tempted to engage in cockfights, be very sure you are in an area authorized to hold them. Check out Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, the Nord-Pas de Calais region in France, and Asian countries like the Philippines and India.