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October 19, 2013

The Devil Never Sleeps: Dog-Fighting Finds A New Victim - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

I've had another post ready, since Wednesday, but decided it might be too much of a "thinky" piece for the weekend. Hence, you now get dogs.

Sure, I know it's officially, "Caturday", but there's a good reason for the post. These folks can use your help and, knowing that there are copy-cats out there, inspired by the evil of others, perhaps the shelter in your own hometown could use a little help with security and, perhaps, you will be inspired to reach out to them.


Everyone remembers the fury associated with the Michael Vick case. Millions were outraged and took to the internet to express their rage and indignation at Vick, and his ilk, who would take joy in the suffering of another creature. Yet, once the Vick story died down, so did the outrage.

Dog-fighting, as in cock-fighting, is often viewed as a uniquely Southern evil but the truth is that it takes place in communities throughout the U.S. and, as we learned with Vick, is not limited to the backwoods slums where the soil is slick from chew and moonshine is the drink of choice.

Culture.

One of the most galling things about the Michael Vick case was the defense that it was an acceptable part of his culture. He suggested that it was part of his community at-large. This claim is complete and utter bullshit. A child will turn their face rather than watch someone or something in pain. The infliction of pain upon another living thing is not natural and not normal to most people. And it can't be argued that exposure to such deeds makes one accepting of it. After all, one must willingly participate in the event the first time, and then the second, and so on, before one develops a callous to the cruelty. The fact that one would subject themself to something so horrific and then continue to return until they had built up an adequate resistance to their natural recoil is absurd.

There is something evil that lurks within the men and women who would undertake to fight animal against animal and then torture, starve, and kill the losing animal. And the story you'll find linked below is, in essence, still a story about that evil, yet, it is even more appalling in that they sought to involve those persons who would experience the greatest revulsion at the act.

THIS happened just two days ago. And it pains me (frightens me!) to imagine the lack of humanity in those who could perpetrate the crime. One wonders how they treat the humans in their lives: How they raise their children.

And, to head off the argument that dog-fighting was an "acceptable" practice in Colonial times, let me state right here and now, I don't GAS. Lots of things were acceptable at one time, sometime long ago. That's simply not going to cut it.

If you can spare some change to help out the organization mentioned in the story above, please do. If you are so inclined, reach out to your local animal rescue organizations and offer to help out there, which is what I will do. At the very least, for the love of God, do not turn your head to such evil. If you know of cruelty to an animal please report it, as did moron Sifty, just a few days ago, when he reported his neighbors for chaining and starving their dogs. No matter what happens to the animal, in the end, it will be less cruel than starving or beating the animal.

At the very, very least... give your furry friend a great big hug today.

UPDATE: Feel free to bring yer politics here.

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posted by Open Blogger at 04:21 PM

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