Dog fighting is considered one of the most serious forms of animal abuse. It is a contest in which dogs are placed in pit and forced to fight until they can’t continue because of the pain and injury inflicted. This is a contest used for the spectator’s entertainment and gambling. Most spectators have gambling problems and can make huge profit.
Many injuries occur during fights, which are both severe and fatal. By the end of a fight, the dogs usually have massive bleeding, ruptured lungs, broken bones, and other life threatening injuries. The instinct to fight is bred into these dogs. (In my research I read a convicted dogfighter’s description of a fight and he said that the dog spent most of the fight on her back and broke her front leg high up in the shoulder, as well as one of her back legs, in the knee joint. The only leg she didn’t break she chewed up completely. The other dog literally scalped her, tearing a big chunk of skin off the top of her head.) Usually the loser of the match dies or is killed inhumanely. And the surviving dog does not see a veterinarian.
The dogs have very bad living conditions. They spend most of their life in a crate, only being let out to train. “Dogs who are used for fighting are usually kept penned or chained (often with heavy logging chains), and many are taunted and starved in order to trigger extreme survival instincts and encourage aggression.
Dog fighting is a felony offense. It is illegal to own or train a dog for fighting and cause a dog to injure or kill another dog in a preplanned fight. In most states it is illegal to be a spectator. The law is enforced. The punishment can be up to three years in jail and a $50,000 fine.
Hey animal lovers out there!
If you’ve never heard of the documentary Animals are Beautiful People, you should definitely watch it! It was made in the 70s in Southern Africa by filmmaker Jamie Uys. In this documentary, Uys has a beautiful eye for movement in nature and landscapes. He is able to capture and narrate life in many environments. The documentary shows footage of African animals in their everyday life, comparing them to humans. As Uys follows the daily life of animals in the desert, viewers can see that their behavior, emotions and actions make them person-like. It is extremely interesting to watch the wildlife and also funny. Just see for yourself!
Watch the trailer here, and if you’re interested in watching it you can rent or purchase the documentary on YouTube.
The following are some of the most interesting, memorial moments and must-watch scenes:
- Beetles have to run to stay cool, so they kiss as they’re running.
- Baboons play with each other in the evening and do acrobatics down the sloping desert landscape.
- A dewdrop reflects sunlight and starts a fire, destroying the 100-year-old work of a bird nest.
- A chameleon’s eyes move independently so it can see where it’s going and where it’s been.
- A bird spends its life in a frozen stance and only moves for a split second at a time.
- A lion cub approaches a water hole filled with zebras, which causes commotion among them, scaring them off. This makes the cub look and feel superior.
- Animals drink calmly in the presence of lions when they sense they’ve eaten well and won’t be hunting that day.
- The king lion stares down a younger, rebelling lion and charges at it to earn respect. It then struts past to show who is king. This moment really personifies the animals in the documentary.
- A duck tricks hyena to save her babies.
- Warthogs prepare on their ‘wedding day.’ The male grooms himself and the female makes home improvements.
- Meerkats are so friendly and affectionate that they even try to get to know a grouchy cobra.
- A tiny snake puts on an act to scare animals much bigger than it, even elephants.
- A funny baboon gets scared twice by the same snake and faints both times it sees it.
- A comical scene shows animals getting drunk off Marula fruit and stumble home.
- Different types of birds nest and make a life for themselves.
- A baby warthog gets separated from its mother and tries to find a substitute but is turned away by all animals because it is so ugly.
- A bushman uses a baboon to find water. This is very interesting and shows the intelligence of humans and the instincts and learning process of both animals.
- You can see a march of death when a drought comes too early and young pelicans wander aimlessly in heat and starvation.
- Two baby baboons hug as they’re stranded on a log in a flash flood.
- Animals jump and dance in excitement when paradise is back in the desert.
Overall, this documentary opens your eyes to the amazing life and vastness of this natural world. Animals, big and small, of all species are their own characters and together they make the world beautiful.
Rodeos are seen as a family and American event but are also a barbaric way to provide entertainment. The animals used in rodeos are subjected to high stress levels, pain, and poor treatment. While they are constantly traveling, the animals are not kept in properly ventilated vehicles, and they are not given much food or water while traveling. Here is what goes on in rodeos:
- Bucking/Bull Riding- This is an event in which a rider tries to stay on a bull or horse for around eight seconds. The animals are motivated to behave roughly because people put bucking straps on them. Bucking straps are straps that fit around the abdomen and groin to irritate it. They use electric cattle prods, which apply a painful shock to the cattle, stimulating movement. They also use spurs to aggravate it.
- Calf Roping- In calf roping, a calf is released from a chute and chased by a person riding a horse. The rider lassos the calf by the neck, abruptly stopping it and jerking it back. Then the rider gets off his horse and throws the calf onto the ground and ties up its legs. When the calves are being chased, they can reach up to 30 mph. Because they are running so fast when they’re lassoed, the rope can snap with such force that it’ll yank the calf off it’s feet, into the air resulting in neck injury and possible death. Also, sometimes the calves are abused in the chute before they’re released making them terrified. That’s why they run so fast.
- Steer Wrestling- In steer wrestling, a steer is chased by two riders on horses. One of the riders keeps the steer running in a straight line so the other rider can leap from his horse, grab the steer by the horns, and twist its neck until it falls to the ground. This is very dangerous for the animal and can seriously injure the neck.
I don’t understand why people can’t just leave these poor animals alone…
If you’re interested in adding a companion animal to your life, The Veiled Life highly recommends adopting a homeless animal from a shelter or rescue organization. There’s millions of animals in shelters nationwide that need a home. Many of them face euthanasia if they don’t get adopted in a certain amount of time. The Veiled Life previously posted reasons you should adopt. If you talk to anyone who’s ever adopted a pet, they will most likely tell you it was a great experience.
If you’re now interested in adopting, refer to Petfinder. On this website, you can enter your location and what type of pet you want. It will list many different animals looking for a home near you!
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Take care and have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!
Wayne Pacelle: a name some of you have heard of and others have not. If you do not know this name, you should definitely familiarize yourself with it, as this person is an extremely intelligent and inspirational figure in the animal rights world.
Pacelle is the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. He became the HSUS president in 2004 after many years of working with other animal rights groups. Aside from leading a major organization, he has wrote a book and numerous articles, led many animal rights campaigns, lobbied to pass animal protection laws, and appeared on television shows advocating HSUS and animal rights, including appearances on The Ellen Show. Most importantly, he is a major voice for animals and their protection.
A graduate of Yale University, Pacelle became a vegan and was a radical activist already in his young college years. After college, he became the director of an activist group called Fund for Animals and continued to work his way up to the Humane Society of the United States where eventually he became president and CEO.
Pacelle has been spotlighted for his work on animal issues in newspapers and magazines nationwide and has even been profiled in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He’s been on most of the major TV programs such as Good Morning America and The Today Show. All of these major achievements happened because of his passion for protecting animals, which inspires many supporters around the world.
Often the greatest challenge of the animal welfare movement is to remind people of the things they already know to be true-that to mistreat any animal is beneath us, that cruelty of any kind is dishonorable and inexcusable, and that we all have duties of kindness and self-restraint in the treatment of our fellow creatures.”
If you would like to get an idea of the information Pacelle has to share, you can read his daily blog, Wayne Pacelle: A Humane Nation, on the Humane Society website. Also, be sure to check out his popular book, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.”
As someone who has made a career out of speaking for a good cause, Pacelle is someone that you’d be foolish not to look up to.
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