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And you thought soring was bad...

Posted Friday, November 30, 2007, at 11:15 AM

As much as I try to understand other cultures, there are limits.

Case in point:

Chinese spectators smile sadistically at the inhumane spectacle of two beautiful horses savagely attacking one another.

With ears back, eyes rolling and nostrils flared in fury, the enraged horses pummel each other with their hooves and bite and head-butt each other in a horrifying fight, sometimes to the death.

Men, women and children watch, and a roar of approval goes up as one horse delivers the equivalent of a double-uppercut to its opponent with its hind legs.

The cruel "sport" of horse fighting has been outlawed almost worldwide, but it still thrives in countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea and here in China, as these disturbing images of a "tournament" prove.

I've given PETA abuse for some of their antics before, but I find myself in their corner on this one.


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I have never understood fighting being seen as sport whether it's dogs, chickens, people or horses. To me it is just cruel & dumb.

-- Posted by DannysGal on Fri, Nov 30, 2007, at 12:25 PM

yeah that is cruel. horses are beautiful animals and that is outrageous.

-- Posted by relicdigger on Thu, Dec 27, 2007, at 6:39 PM

This is absurd! I own two horses (one a registered Quarter Horse and the other 1/2 Morgan & 1/2 Quarter Horse) and the thoughts of subjecting horses, dogs, cats, roosters, whatever to something like this is outrageous.

I don't agree with PETA for some of their antics either, but for something like this, they'd have my full support!

-- Posted by puppydinks on Wed, Jan 2, 2008, at 4:25 PM

Cruel

I'm just speachless.....

-- Posted by Shelbyville my home on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 10:33 PM

I think horse meat should be eaten more. After all, horses are basically jittery, high maintenance, stupid, eating machines. Imagine a big rack of BBQ horse ribs. Cows are much more peacful, calm, and in my opinion beautiful. Spare the cow, eat the horse.

I don't approve of horse fighting though. Why are we so (cliche) "speechless" about horse fighting but we let dog and chicken fighting go on in our own backyards. Why do so many people look the other way when the idiot trainers in the walking horse industry routinely sore the horses? Why are we so worried about what people in every other country but our own sorry one do when we can't even get our own act together. Just a few "whys".

-- Posted by Vollie on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 4:48 PM

I agree that he who is without sin should cast the first stone but if we abide by that precept,I don't think you nor I nor any of the rest of us will be putting ice on our rotator cuffs any time soon.

If we can't use our pitching arms to hurl rocks at our neighbors,we could try using them for hugging or hauling people out of the abyss.

If we can't use our hands to build or support one another,maybe we should just use them to cover our mouths.

Let's not just speak of our superiority or another's flaws.

Let us demonstrate the right sort of conduct and help the other folk to do likewise.

If we all take the debris out of our eyes,we'd have the vision required to make things better.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 11:04 PM

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind-- Ghandi

-- Posted by Vollie on Thu, Jan 10, 2008, at 10:10 AM


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