Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fight No More

Last month I assisted in a dog fighting case with HSUS in the seizure of close to 50 dogs in New Burn, NC. For those that don't know about dog fighting (if you don't know you must live in a cave) -this is a sick, cruel, blood sport where dogs are forced against their will, to fight to their death or until their is a "winner". As we know, no dogs "wins" in these-they all lose. If they win, the go on to fight more fights. If they lose, they die or suffer a slow and painful death. The dogs on the property we went too, were left out on the end of chains in horrid conditions. All of them had fight scars on them. All of them were afraid. NONE of them were vicious or mean. In fact, all them were so happy to be able to have some human kindness and interaction. All the dogs that were seized are now in a safe place where they are being evaluated. They will be there until the trial takes place, and then they will hopefully go to rescues. Some may not make it to rescue for various reasons-illness, un-adoptability, and more...Dog fighting is a sad life for a dog, and a cruel way for a dog to have to die. As heartbreaking as this may sound,the reality is that even though some may not get placed now, it is still preferable to the alternative...Living a life devoid of comfort, devoid of shelter, food and water, and devoid of love...That is no life at all. Below is a video of the raid I assisted in, along with one that happened shortly before that, that took place in Indiana.

" To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime." ~Romain Rolland, Nobel Prize 1915

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