Dog Fighting Shows Civilization Work In Progress

An article on said that we as a civilization are a work in progress.

In Rome, gladiators fought each other to death as mass entertainment. And now, in present times, people like Michael Vick use dogs for their own entertainment.

The author said that many people have argued that Vick’s punishment may be too harsh for what he did. They claim that pit bulls have been bred over the centuries to fight. These same people also say these dogs’ suffering cannot be compared to the pain and agony that humans and children endure each day around the world. They also ask why should someone who kills dogs go to jail while butchers kill hogs and run a business.

But the author states: “All good points. Perfect consistency may be too much to expect, however, from our veneer of civilization. The Vick case isn’t about children or farming; it is about suffering and death as entertainment. A modern gladiator, of all people, ought to know what’s wrong with that.”

Source: Time

(Thanks Candace)

8 Responses to “Dog Fighting Shows Civilization Work In Progress”

  1. nora says:

    any person who attempts to justify anything Vic did with Dog Fighting is as numb as a box of rocks with the reasoning of a blood thirsty barbarian and cold hearted as a snake.

  2. catmom5 says:

    Even though I am a vegetarian, I do see a difference between killing an animal ~ hopefully in a humane manner ~ for food vs fighting dogs (vs dogs,vs wild hogs, cock fighting, etc) for entertainment. I am convinced that it takes an emotionally sick person to take pleasure in the suffering and death of another living creature. PERIOD!!!

  3. Lynn says:

    The comments above are very true.

    But the one thing most everyone who sides with the Vick camp keeps losing sight of is the fact that the dogs and bait animals DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE.

    What is so difficult about that to understand?

  4. highnote says:

    There is a big difference between killing for food and killing for the fun of it and entertainment. Killing for food is not a pleasant experience. I would hope they try to be as humane as possible to any animal that is killed for food. No animal should suffer needlessly. I will never understand why anyone would find it enjoyable to watch two animals bloody each other up and then one dies. It is a savage display and I thought people were suppose to become less savage? Seems many want to go back to those savage times when a human life or a animals life was thought of as nothing.

  5. Lynne says:

    We are progressing, as hard as it is to believe at times. I remember reading an article recently about this very thing. The author pointed out that in medieval times, one form of entertainment for royalty was to lower live cats into a fire. The audience would howl with laughter at the cats’ cries.
    In 2007 it is hard to imagine such barbarity and yet that was once the standard. We’ve come a long way, baby.

  6. Nancy G. says:

    But with Pit Bulls, the dogs who did ‘make a choice’ and not fight are killed, sometimes by terribly cruel means. And this proves the point- one becomes indifferent to the suffering of the dogs who fight, then to the deaths of dogs, then to the cruel means used to deliberately kill dogs. Step by step people are dehumanized. Any of the fighting breeds can have the fight bred out of them [English Bulldogs…], by breeding ONLY those dogs who do not want to fight, instead of killing them and breeding only those who fight the hardest. There is no reason for a civilized society to continue to have, much less cultivate, the harder human traits that might once have been needed for survival. I once wore diapers but that is no reason to compare my adult self to that standard. That standard is long-gone, it is irrelevant. Or at least until I am very, very old, when I might be wearing diapers again…

  7. Lynn says:

    I disagree, Lynne. [But we both know we’re on the same page.]

    If this is as far as we’ve come in a thousand years [from burning cats in a pit to pitting dogs against each other] then we are in deep, deep muck. Definitely not a work in progress. I’d say we’re stagnated and too many people have developed an indifference.

    The more I reflect on the subject of animal abuse and the people abusing them, the more I’m inclined to think we’ve given away too many rights and created a nation full of self-centered and uncaring monsters.

  8. Lauren says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by how its animals are treated.”
    -Mahatma Gandhi

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