Animals being used as entertainment, cruel or not?
Every year 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters, and 3 to 4 million shelter dogs and cats are killed. A case involving quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Vick, in 2007 made national news when he was indicted of running a dog fighting ring. After the judge convicted him, he served 23 months in jail for cruelty to animals. America needs to realize that the use of animals for entertainment is wrong, and causes animals to suffer.
One way American’s can help to prevent animal cruelty is by refusing to associate with the harming of animals for entertainment. A well known company has done this. Google refused to market an app called KG Dogfighting (formerly called Dog Wars) from its Android Marketplace. In the game, players train and fight their dogs against other players. Developers say it’s “just a video game,” but for living animals, the consequences of glamorizing cruelty are deadly. In real life, there are no winners. The dogs are kept in tiny cages, or outdoors on heavy chains all day, and are starved, beaten, and taunted into being aggressive. And when the dogs finally reach the pit to fight, they are torn to shreds, and won’t quit until both dogs are exhausted and at least one is seriously injured or dead. When the dogs die, they are used as training bait, and if they lose they are typically electrocuted, drowned, shot, or hanged. In addition to being just plain out disgusting, I believe that anything that encourages people to abuse and kill helpless animals for “fun,” jeopardizes public safety. This is because dogfighters and others who abuse animals are cowards, and studies show that animal abusers’ victims often include humans.
Another instance in which animals are being used as sources of entertainment is at Ebro Greyhound Park. The Greyhound racing industry has always been haunted by scandal and protest, but it provides entertainment for an audience, and revenue via taxes for state...
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