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Bullfighting

Bull Fighting, a popular sport in Spain, Portugal, Southern France and many Latin American countries is a "blood sport", or a sport that results in violence against animals. In spain, the type of bullfighting that takes place is usually fatal for either the matador or the bull. The goal of bullfighting is for the matadors to stab the bulls, especially in the head, between the horns. This often leads to a slow, painful death for the bulls. The whole process of bullfighting causes huge amounts of stress for the bull. Currently, a "bloodless" version of bullfighting is becoming popular in California, US, and in France.

In a poll in 2002, 68.8% of all Spaniards had no interest in bull fighting whatsoever. Only 10.4% actually had a lot of interest in the area. Of this small percentage of the population, most were over the age of 65.

In the United States, 46.2 % of Americans said that they hated or strongly disliked bullfighting.

The Spaniards introduced bullfighting in Cuba and Argentina, but it never became popular, and was abolished during their independence (1901 in Cuba, and 1899 in Argentina). In Spain and Portugal, bullfighting is still legal, but television stations are not allowed to show it live. The Canary Islands, with the exception to cockfighting, have banned all acts of cruelty against animals.

Most recently, on December 18, 2009, Catalonia officially banned bullfighting with over 180,000 signatures in support of the ban.

 

 

Cock Fighting

Another blood sport, cockfighting is a fight between two roosters.

Cockfighting is now illegal in the United States and in most of Europe. However, cultural differences in several coutries have kept cockfighting from becomming illegal. These countries include:

 

 

Dog Fighting

Dog fighting is another blood sport and is similar to both bullfighting and cockfighting, but is considered one of the worst and one of the most serious forms of animal abuse.  In dog fighting, two dogs fight each other, and sometimes they fight to their death.   Dogs such as the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier are bred especially for fighting because they are large and heavy dogs with a strongly developed head and a powerful build.  


Fighting dogs have to suffer through mistreatment throughout their training years, often fighting against “bait” animals, such as bunnies, kittens (and cats) and smaller dogs.  These “bait” animals are taped with duct tape (to not injury the fighting dog) and are often killed during training.  If a dog does not fight up to his owner’s expectations (and survives the fight) often times the owner will inhumanely kill the dog.  The methods used to kill the dogs can include gunshots, electrocution, drowning, hanging, and strangulation. 


Although illegal in most countries, dog fighting is very popular in basically every country.   In Afghanistan, India, Latin American countries (especially Argentina, Peru and Brazil), the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, dog fighting is technically illegal. However, in most countries enforcing the anti-dog fighting laws is nearly impossible because the culprits need to be caught in the act of dog fighting.

 

 

Horse and Dog Racing

Although both horse and dog racing are not considered “blood” sports, Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horses along with Greyhound dogs have to endure torturous training and races. 


Dogs train and race to a “lure”, which was often a fake rabbit.  Making them chase something that is both unreal and unable to be caught by the dogs is a cruel joke and causes them to have a lot of stress.  Racing dogs often times suffer from parasites and tick-related diseases, malnourishment, and tooth problems because they did not get proper medical care when needed.  In the past, after the dogs could no longer perform as well as their owners wanted, they were bred, euthanized or sold for testing purposes.  Now, organizations have formed around the world to protect former racing greyhounds by finding homes in which the dogs can be pets.  The four major dog-racing countries are Australia, Great Britain, South Africa, and the United States.

Horse racing is popular worldwide, and is as stressful to the horses as dog racing is to dogs.  The horses are forced into starting gates with no room for them to move inside the gates.  Often a horse will panic and start bucking while in the starting gate or while they are being put into the starting gate.  This increases the chance of injury to the horse, the jockey and any other humans or horses near the panicking horse.  The chance of injury to the horses during the races is also very high.  Hundreds of horses die from racing related reasons every year.  The horses have to endure the pain from whips because they are trained to run faster when hit by the whip.  After their careers, race horses usually either breed or get sold to tar or slaughterhouses.

 

 

Warfare

Horses are well known for their involvement in human wars.  Not many know about how dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals and birds have been involved in wars throughout the history of the Earth.


Since the times of Ancient Greece and Rome, dogs have been used in wartime.  In the past, dogs, such as the Epirotes, Pugnace Britanniae, Great Dane, and Mastiff breads, have fought alongside warriors.  Dogs were used on the front lines, as messengers, for transportation of armory, for rescue and transportation of humans and other goods on sleds in Russia.  In World War II dogs were used to detect Japanese infiltrators because of their keen sense of smell.  Then, as time passed, the idea of Tankdogs appeared.  From an early age, dogs were trained that their food was location under tanks.  Then, they would be starved for a while and then released with bombs attached to them.  The bombs would explode when the dogs searched under the tanks for food, thus damaging the enemy’s tanks.  In the Vietnam War, dogs were used as scouts, messengers, mascots, companions, rescuers, and mine detectors. 

 

 


Monkeys were set on fire and then pointed in the direction of enemy camps in hope of destroying said camps.  As time passed, people learned to train monkeys to detonate mines, so a human life wouldn’t be sacrificed.   Currently, monkeys are being used behind-the-scenes in experiments. 

Bats are a very unusual type of creature to use in wars.  The theory was to attach bombs to the bats.  These bombs would have some sort of irritant on it that would cause the bat to chew the attachment, thus detonating the bomb.  Fortunately, bats were unreliable and the theory did not work.


Various sea animals, such as dolphins, sea lions, whales, walruses, seals, and sharks, were used to detect sea mines and Vietcong divers during the Vietnam War.  These animals were trained to take off facemasks of the divers, and stab the divers with whatever was attached to them.  Sometimes, knives were attached, and other times hypodermic needles with pressurized carbon dioxide were attached.  With the hypodermic needles, if the sea animal pricked a diver, the carbon dioxide would cause the diver to explode, and therefore kill him.  Dolphins were also taught to carry nuclear weapons under water to enemy soil.


Finally, in early history Pigeons were often used to send messages about war happenings to people because they could cover a lot of land in a short amount of time.   Pigeons could also detect the presence of chemical and nerve agents, which was very helpful for the army.