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Horse Fighting: Barbaric

Written by PETA | November 30, 2007

I’ve worked here long enough to know that for every nasty, cruel thing you could imagine to do to defenseless animals, there are some nasty, cruel people out there doing it. This is the latest one to come across my desk. These disturbing images, which have been circulating within the animal rights community and received coverage in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Sun, and Mirror today, show the hideous “sport” of horse fighting, from an organized event in China.

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One of the most disturbing things about these images for me is the crowd of sadists (and children who are too young to know any better) who look on and smile—as if they were at a football game rather than a ritual torture. PETA Asia Pacific is working to raise awareness about this hideous blood sport, and I’ll keep you posted on their success as they continue to fight the ludicrous notion that “tradition” can justify torture in this or any circumstance.

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  • LenaHorseLuv says:

    ohh god…Stop this thing!!These animals are so sensitive,and love everything on earth!why would someone treat them like…Nothing compares to this!its AWFUL!!

  • kwabja says:

    they should keep it upus to in nigeria we are doing it is so sweet and enjoyble

  • Makayla says:

    I think that horse fighting is terrible! Those animals could get hurt!

  • S.Q. says:

    I would think people from other nations would think the U.S. is barbaric. A capitalist nation that makes millions of dollars yet still has homelesness factory farms cruelty in circuses and animal testing for yet ANOTHER hair product. Way to go hypocrites.

  • vip says:

    This is barbaric ….nonetheless..how about the mixed martial arts ultimate fighting….hmmm what seems to be the problem here?

  • usch says:

    the chinese people are crazy!!!!! Sombudu we hate them hur fan kan man gra s mot animals???

  • Courtney Burt says:

    This is such a cruel and inhuman thing to do to an animal. I grew up with a horse her name was “Baby.” I could get on her in the middle of the field with no saddle or bridal and she would walk me home. Baby was very special to all of us. My grandfather got her when I was about 2 yrs. old. We have so many pictures of the grandkids on her. Baby finally got too old. She could hardly stand up. We didn’t want someone to just come pick her up and take her away and kill her. So we got a vet to come to the house and put her down. WE all cried. But now she is buried in that field she always walked me through. How can someone do this to a beautiful animal God created? Let’s stop this now!!!

  • Meghan says:

    Hey i think that what you your doing about informing the people about whats going on is great….i have a 23 year old mar who is an appolusa quarter horse mix and is blind in her right eye…she is an ex trail horse that was severly abused almost to death iv been riding her for 13 years now and i could never in the deepist part of my mind imagin that this is acualy going on in the world who in their right mind would want to hurt this alwsome animals i am doing a report on this subject and this has been very helpful. imso in aw of what people can do to each other and these animals all of my animals r ruscued even my winter whit dwarf hamster is a resue how would they like it if they were made to fight? thats what i want 2 know if u cant think of the pain that your going 2 put these animals than im sorry but u need 2 have done 2 u what uv been doing 2 those animals and that goes 4 ever1 of any race

  • Anonymous says:

    I do not think this is case of ignorance due to poverty race culture or whatever else. This is typically cruel and aggressive male behaviour.

  • anti-racist says:

    To daniel 1there is only “logic” or “illogic” “stupid logic” does not exist. It exists when you do not know that your logic is faulty. By the way it is “logic” or “illogicality”. 2hypocrisy resides within us all the trick is to keep it to a minimumwhich i think i do very well. I do not think you are good at that when I read your comments. It is obvious. 3what about fools that dont believe im not a racist like you? Anyone who does not believe you are not a racist is a smart one not a foolish one like you. 4yes there is animal abuse in all countries but as i mentioned earlier but you decided to conveniently ignorethe cultures i mentioned DO have a particularly if not the worst track record as regards to this.trying to avoid this fact demonstrates severe denial and lack of understanding on your part. The cultures? You mean only Asians have cultures of cruelty to animals? Bullfighting fox hunting dear head mount horse racing circus testing on animals fur farming….. How many of these originated from Asia? 5did you know that some people who promote themselves as anti racists are some of the worst racists around? yeah its true! you can usually tell because they over zealously promote their cause and jump at the chance to ram it down peoples throat in order to cover up their own racist short comings.boyoh boy a strange world with strange people! No I do not know that simply because that kind of people do not exist. I have seen some of the worst racists. Only few of them actually admitted that they were racists and most of them pretended that they were not racists and tried to justify their racism with any excuse they could find like you did. If you were really not a racist you would not have posted such hateful comments about me and Asians. 6GUESS WHAT? as i was writing this message in the internet cafe an asian woman came in offering me cheap dvds youll be glad to know that i politely smiled at her and declined her offer respectfully. right i think thats it for now i really enjoy our little conversations stimulating. daniel. Good! Keep doing that. If you talk with more Asians you will realize that they are also human beings just like you and me. Canadian seal hunting is not caused by the Japanese people. Seals are killed mainly for their pelts and Norway is the biggest customer for seal pelts. Again you try to find any excuse to justify your racism and it is extremely flimsy. You can become an antiracist like me. Then you can genuinley stand for the welfare of animals in every country of the world. Cats dogs and other animals do not care about the race and nationality of their owners.

  • Ronald Hopkins says:

    I am a kinda loseing respect for PETA cause you guys made a huge deal out of the Michael Vick thing but when it come to stuff like this I don’t see you guys doing nothing. This has been happening for a long time and now you guys want to say something.. They even eat animals over there and still nothing. Why don’t you take your eyes off of Celebs and look at the real issues..

  • Ana says:

    daniel I understand your point using the race card has gotten really old. Yes some cultures nations even faiths have a BAD record when it comes to cruel behavior towards animals. China and Greece come to mind. Animals suffer great abuse and cruelty daily every moment and like you my heart goes out to them and I continue to fight the good fight!!!

  • Zachary says:

    I just want to say that horses like these fish mammels people and other living things do this daily so what is the point of making a case out of natural thing? You watch football because you like the action.But really what is the difference? Sure your going to say there animals they dont know any betterbut they do all the people do is put the two togther and they fight half the time they dont teach them to go after each other just let nature take its course. I can put money down for a boxing match and thats fine but if I put money down for two fish to fight I am a horrible personI dont do it I love my animals but they are the ones that want to fight if they didnt they wouldnt do it right? Two bettas can not be in the same tank because they will kill each other no one is making them do that right? It is in all males to fight thats why we have boxingsword fightswarsfootballhockey …etc. Its all about the male hormones we all have it and when we want to ahem mate we get aggravated and start to fight.Twentysix men die each year because of mating rights its how we are. Animals and humans alike are horny things that can not keep it in check. I love animals I have a few mostly fish but I would never put them in harms way. I know for a fact which fish to add in to the tank and when it is mating season. I dont like fighting I just hate seeing that one type of fighting human fighting is allowed but not another. Peta is a one sided company only looking at humans as the blame and not seeing or saying that alot of the animals do it for a living. Another thing that got on my nerve is the meat thing. Animals can kill and eat meat but not me? Hell no to you I am my own person and I do what I want Peta needs to learn to leave people alone. If I killed a buffalo I will eat it and where the fur. Not to show off but for warmth.It isnt bad to kill animals to eat it its that jerks that kill in mass for greed . I do have to thank you for reading this if you did.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    Wow Well said Daniel. When I was watching Ingrid’s special I still have not recovered from seeing a dog being skinned alive and still breathing with eyes open and a foot coming down on his skull to smash it. Complements of China…

  • daniel says:

    to anti racistagain. i forgot a few points from my earlier message to you so ill finnish the message here 1there is only “logic” or “illogic” “stupid logic” does not exist. 2hypocrisy resides within us all the trick is to keep it to a minimumwhich i think i do very well. 3what about fools that dont believe im not a racist like you? 4yes there is animal abuse in all countries but as i mentioned earlier but you decided to conveniently ignorethe cultures i mentioned DO have a particularly if not the worst track record as regards to this.trying to avoid this fact demonstrates severe denial and lack of understanding on your part. 5did you know that some people who promote themselves as anti racists are some of the worst racists around? yeah its true! you can usually tell because they over zealously promote their cause and jump at the chance to ram it down peoples throat in order to cover up their own racist short comings.boyoh boy a strange world with strange people! 6GUESS WHAT? as i was writing this message in the internet cafe an asian woman came in offering me cheap dvds youll be glad to know that i politely smiled at her and declined her offer respectfully. right i think thats it for now i really enjoy our little conversations stimulating. daniel.

  • daniel says:

    to the anti racist 1ive explained the reasons for some of my comments in a note to teresa youre welcome to read them.if you dont believe me then thats up to you. 2ill stand up for animals over people any day seeing as theyre are the innocent party. 3thanks for letting me know about my spelling mistakes. and lastly do you actually care about animals? correct me if im wrong but i dont think ive read one sympathetic word from you regarding animals being abused. signing off daniel.

  • rojo says:

    thanks teresa no harm done Ana’s not particularly fond of me anyway. I don’t think bad language aids an argument and seemed incongruous with you other posts. I do understand your frustration and reaction.

  • daniel says:

    teresa here i go again was in a bit of a rush with my earlier reply to you so im just gonna try to clarify on what i base my opinions my earlier comment to you still stands and i take on board what you said. one of the concerns i have with the abuse of animals in asia and the orient is that whenever i view any video footage in which animals are being slaughtered in markets or crushed together in crates and transported across towns and cities sometimes in traffic jamsnot one member of the general public seems in the least bit concerned as to whats happening to these creatures. why is this? ive seen footage of hundreds of pelts from freshly skinned dogs cats and racoons lying on the floor and the citizens just amble by seemingly completely unaffected by this.again why is this? what about the market for endangered species bodyparts and bones that the orientals create a huge demand for as they are believed to have aphrodisiac qualities? i only found out the other day that when the canadian seal hunters mfrs! kill and skin baby seals they can get double money for males because the asians want the seal penises as they are believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.whales probably one of the most gentle and iconic creatures on this planet are given no respite to the persecution and cruelty they endure but the japaneseto this daydo all they can to push this creature to the outer limits of existence. there never seems to be ANY good newsregarding animals treatment coming from these nations and thats why alot of people feel the way they do about these nations. personally if my country had such a poor record on animal abuse i would not defend it im not particularly patriotic anyway as i realize that the vast majority of people regardless of where they originate from just view creatures as “other things” at their disposal and unfortunately the asian and oriental nations do have a particularlybad track record on this. im not rebuking you teresa not that i could! im just giving you some insight as to the reasons why people might have the opinions they do. again i take on board what you said earlier and thank you for it. let me know what you think if poss.

  • anti-racist says:

    To daniel So you are not a racist? You said “they are inherently cruel and abusive to animals on a genocidal scale.any traditional notions of honour nobility and respect associated with the culture seem to have completely evaporated.we should all boycott anything to do with these cultures fuck the global economythose idiots rely on us for buiseness so dont but shit from them!” I hope you know that you misspelled some words. You described intense hatred towards Asians and you are saying that you are not a racist. Only fools are going to believe you are not a racist. Do you really believe that all Asians are just animal abusers? Stop using animal right stuff to justify your stupid racism and hatred toward Asians. I am sure someones will scorn your hypocrisy!

  • daniel says:

    teresa thanks for your comments appreciated that you enlightened me to the fact that there are chinese trying to do something for animals i didnt know this. im not racist and always try to give people the benfit of the doubt but its reallyreally difficult when you constantly hear of the horrendous treatment of animals in a particular nationetc. so thanks for enlightening me at least i know now that there is at least a little hope for the creatures we all love and want to protect.

  • anti-racist says:

    To carol tuskan You said “they eat cats and dogs. China is the most ignorant barbaric inhumane country.” OK. Let me rephrase your sentence. He said “they eat rams and turkeys. USA is the most ignorant barbaric inhumane country.” Can you see my point here?

  • anti-racist says:

    To daniel It is surprising that you are saying you are not a racist. Are you telling me that the cruelty to animals are only happening in China or Asian countries? You said “IF THIS HAPPENS CONSISTENTLY WITHIN THE SCOPE OF YOUR SOCIETY OTHER PEOPLES WILL FORMULATE THEIR OWN OPINION BASED ON WHAT THEY MOST COMMONLY SEE LIKE IT OR NOT.” According to your stupid logic all the people of every country in the world have to be called barbarians because the cruelty to animals is really happening now in every country on this planet. This means you also have to call yourself barbarian. To Alex Hanson You said “I simply hate China. The greatness of a nation can be told by the way it treats its animals”. Oh sure. When are you going to say you hate USA and Canada too because animals are also mistreated in these countries? What about the rest of the countries in the world? Hey Alex be fair it seems to me that you have to hate all the countries in the world. Do you hate all the countries on this planet or just China?

  • Teresa says:

    rojo the post is mine. I don’t deny it. I was very angry though I did not mean to fling it in everyone’s face. It was intended for some of the earlier posts that really offended me. To everyone else who expresses their anger reasonably and not against my whole race I apologize. daniel As one of the “asians or orientals” that you have so casually and contemptuously encompassed in your generalization I must say you do us injustice. We are neither a “sick race of people” nor “inherently cruel”. Before pointing your finger and telling us to do something about it realize that many chinese people are and have been trying to do something for a long time. Shelters are run and people are fighting against cruelty. Their efforts have contributed greatly to the wildlife laws that China does have. Laws for domesticated animals has been proposed again and again though they have not been approved. Remember that China is a developing nation still experimenting and struggling to form a good system. Animal Rights is a relatively new issue and has not attracted as much attention. I assure you that there is no lack of effort from the animal lovers in China. Do not criticize what you have no clue about.

  • rojo says:

    Attempt 2 ok i take that back i’m a poor judge.

  • Holly says:

    When I was a child there was a boy who came fishing in our pond who used large tadpoles for bate. I thought this was awful but the boy told me that his father taught him to use the tadpoles for bate because he could catch the biggest fish and they would have a nice supper. The boy never thought about the life of the tadpoleor the fish he only thought about the big fish he would bring home and how proud his father would be and the nice dinner they would all have. I think its that way with people who live in country’s where animals are used and abused for human use and even for amusement. They have been told for generations that what they do is normal and excepted. The problem is how to teach these people that each life is precious. When I told the boy that the tadpole was in pain on his hook it didnt seem to bother him because his father had told him it was ok. Reprimanding him didnt change his feelings about what he was doing it only made him mad with me. So how do you teach people to stop believing what they believe. I think you plant seeds and hope they will grow. Like in the bible the mustard seed the smallest seed of them all grows slowly and yet grows into the largest tree. So lets all plant seeds of knowledge and information with kindness and watch them grow. There is no quick fix.

  • Ana says:

    rojo Don’t speak for me. I wasn’t fooled by anything but I did find that comment amusing. Mind your own business Teresa when commenting to me still cursed. BTW are you her lawyer lover or fool that you are so concerned?? Don’t bother to respond you really are tiresome.

  • Alex Hanson says:

    I simply hate China. “The greatness of a nation can be told by the way it treats its animals” How can they be so blind and cruel?

  • daniel says:

    first carla thanks for your support appreciated. second the socalled anti racist i am not stupid i would have thought that my message demonstrated this and i am not a racist i myself am of mixed race parentage i live in a multi ethnic community and most of my friends are from ethnic minority oh yeah and i work with kids from ALL ethnic backgrounds.so get your facts right.TRUST AN ANTI RACIST TO PAINT PEOPLE AS THE VICTIMS IN A SCENARIO WHERE HUMANS ARE THE PERPETRATORS OF EXTREME VIOLENCE AND INJUSTICE. YOU CAN DEMEAN AND TORTURE ANIMALS ALL YOU LIKE BUT DARE YOU SPEAK UP AGAINST THE SACRED HUMAN BEING!! HUMAN SELF INTEREST TAKEN TO EXTREMES PART OF THE REASON WHY ANIMALS HAVE ALWAYS SUFFERED AT OUR BLOODY HANDS. the fact that these people are poor or their culture different or they require amusement none of these excuses wash. and heres whyEVERY HUMAN BEING IS CAPABLE OF MAKING THIER OWN DECISIONS DECIDING WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG.WHEN YOU DECIDE IN FAVOUR OF SKINNING AN ANIMAL ALIVE OR BOILING AN ANIMAL ALIVEETC THEN UNFORTUNATELY FOR YOU YOU WILL BE JUDGED BY THESE ACTIONS. AND IF THIS HAPPENS CONSISTENTLY WITHIN THE SCOPE OF YOUR SOCIETY OTHER PEOPLES WILL FORMULATE THEIR OWN OPINION BASED ON WHAT THEY MOST COMMONLY SEE LIKE IT OR NOT.IF THE ASIANS OR ORIENTALS DONT WANT TO BE SEEN IN THIS BAD LIGHT THEN DO SOMETING ABOUT YOUR TREATMENT OF ANIMALS AND SORT IT OUT DONT BLAME ANIMAL SUPPORTERS FOR THE NEGATIVE OPINION THEY MAY HAVE. RIGHT IM OUT OF HERE FOR NOW WILL BE BACK SOON. SIGNED DANIEL DIRTY HARRY

  • Pure says:

    I understand finding the fighting of horses to be barbaric at best but people saying they hate all of China because of the actions of a select few is utterly rediculous.

  • Sandra LaCoss says:

    THANKS JUDITH FOR MENTIONING S 311 AND H.R 503. AS YOU ALREADY KNOW OUR BELOVED HORSES ARE ONE OF THE MOST ABUSED ANIMALS ON THIS PLANET. IT IS PRETTY HARD TO SWALLOW WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT THE EQUINE POPULATION HAS DONE FOR MAN. NO OTHER ANIMAL HAS EVER DONE SOOOO MUCH FOR US AS OUR BELOVED HORSES!!!STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER NOW

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