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"It's not just two birds fighting," Johnny Ríos says. "It's the economy. It's the pride. It's our culture."

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"I don't endorse clandestine fights," he said. "I can't get arrested. I have three children to support." 

From left, José Yadiel Torres, 10, Lizmary Rivera, 29, José Torres, 38, and twins Janniela and Jamiléth Torres, 9, pose for a family portrait in their house in Utuado. The rooster, the family's most prized bird, is named Matatoro.

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Erika P. Rodri­guez | Photographer

Erika P. Rodriguez is a photographer based in Puerto Rico.
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