This is Not Sport. This is Cruel. And Illegal.

Posted on February 28, 2011
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The pictures that follow are graphic and horrific. So, please do not scroll any further if you think you cannot handle them.

These are pictures of a dog fight, taken yesterday outside the village of Lora in Abbottabad District. But such fights happen in many places in Pakistan. Not every day, but often enough for all of us to be incensed, to be disgusted, and to be angry about.

There are some who consider this to be a sport. They are wrong. Very very wrong. This is not sport. This is cruelty. This is inhuman. This is also illegal.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1890 is clear on this point: Section 3(a) reads as follows: “if any person overdrives, beats, or otherwise treats any animal so as to subject it to unnecessary pain or suffering, he shall be punished, in the case of a first offence, with fine… or with imprisonment. .. or with both.”

But – think about it – do we really need a law to recognize that what is happening in these pictures is just wrong. Very very wrong. Cruel. And illegal.

There are others who will tell us that this happens elsewhere too, including other places where it is technically illegal. In Latin America, in Russia, in Central Asia, and even in the United States. That is true. But that makes this what we see in these pictures (or what happens in those countries) no less wrong. No less cruel. No less inhuman. No less disgusting.

34 Comments on “This is Not Sport. This is Cruel. And Illegal.”

  1. HaroON says:
    February 28th, 2011 8:01 pm

    This is really disgusting. Where is Chief Justice Suo Motto now?

  2. Humaira says:
    February 28th, 2011 8:05 pm

    Oh Gawd! How terrible. How can people do this and be so very cruel.

  3. pak says:
    February 28th, 2011 8:05 pm

    God bless pakistan Watch online pakistani dramams

  4. Yasir says:
    February 28th, 2011 8:07 pm

    Pathetic and inhuman.

    The media can ‘bark’ (excuse the pun) about everything but why not about this and such blatant inhumanity!

  5. Ayesha says:
    February 28th, 2011 8:15 pm

    This is horrific – how can humans (that is suppose to be higher than animals) lower them self to this standard? It is so sad. Maybe we should put these people in with a dog and let them experiance the pain and everything that goes with it. They should be hanged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Gulab Khan says:
    February 28th, 2011 8:28 pm

    What we Pakistanis have become? Worried about dogs but when drone kill children we keep quiet.

  7. munir says:
    February 28th, 2011 8:54 pm

    Gulab Khan is very right, Missile attacks in the Northeren areas are never mentioned by our highly educated expats who have taken US and UK nationalities, they only point out these things. I do not agree with those who have spent their lives abroad and they only want to criticise their home country which have given them the opportunity to do all this. Please Please instead of criticising. come to pakistan and do something which can bring a positive change.

    Also I would request them to show a clear picture of their area of residence and we will know how much right of expression they have.

  8. Hassan Goraya says:
    February 28th, 2011 9:18 pm

    I am watching the crowd and all i see are lower middle class people who don’t seem to dwell on the higher planes of intellect. For them this might be an event of the year or a day worth remembering or something like that. It is right to be critical about it but its not right to be judgmental. I would like to hear what people who are watching this so keenly think about this and then i will make up mind about what needs to be done. It is easy to come clean out these sort of things by declaring that you are against such practices but at the end of the day would that save these poor creatures from the terrible fate humanity has decided to bestow upon them?
    I really don’t get this high class incredulity and bemoaning about the country whenever they come across these.

    The author of this entry is just looking at it from one preceptive which might be 100 % on the money but its totally ineffectual in explaining this tragedy completely.

  9. alyssa says:
    February 28th, 2011 9:48 pm

    i find it very amusing how we’re so stupid as to think we’re better then them and deserve to be called human, when we are nothing less than the dirt we walk on. they call it illegal to do this to humans, they call it “Inhumane” the very bullshit humans WOULD say to save their own butts that are not worth a freaking assasin to kill. animal cruelty is truly inhumane, the owners being treated the same is not inhumane, it would be a public service, that is if the high and mighty human would get off their ignorant high horse and see the freaking truth. but they wouldnt be on a horse, they would send the horse to a glue factory for profit, that’s all humans ever care about, no matter who has to suffer. I would love to shoot them off their pedestal, and possibly their heads too…..

  10. Gardezi says:
    February 28th, 2011 11:36 pm

    @Gulab Khan.
    So you are suggesting that people fight these dogs because of drone attacks. Really? How does cruelty to animals help in the drone attacks?

  11. March 1st, 2011 12:22 am

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook page:

    - “ufff!!”
    - “i really condemn all such kind of sports. We put these innocent animals in troubles, like dogs, cocks & camels etc just to calm down our own beastliness…SHAME ON THE PEOPLE WHO WATCH THESE DEADLY FIGHTS AS FUN!!! YOU HAVE NO REASON TO CALL YOURSELF A HUMAN…”
    - “^ Shhhh, in this day and age it is called a ‘Rooster’ ;)”
    - “Utterly horrific !!!”
    - “propaganda picture”

  12. Ch. Aslam says:
    March 1st, 2011 4:00 am

    Disgraceful. if we started cleaning this sort of jahalat from the country a lot of other things would also start s=disappearing.

  13. March 1st, 2011 4:06 am

    More comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “Blah, it’s a part of our culture and rooted in our rural traditions. If you burger kids from cities don’t have the stomach to handle it then don’t watch it! just stop your silly propaganda. I bet none of you have ever slaughtered an animal yourself and if you were to see it, you’d faint.”
    - “You sir are a true example of an ignorant fool!”
    - “That is nonsense.
    Our culture is NOT cruelty. Yours might be. Mine is not. people who do this are cruel and that’s that.”

  14. Bangash says:
    March 1st, 2011 6:04 am

    @Gulab Khar and Munir

    It doesn’t matter where one lives, what matters is are they contributing to Pakistan. Don’t forget the foreign aid and loans, and the $8 billion that expats send home that is keeping Pakistan afloat. The country cannot stand on its own two feet.

    This cruelty to animals only proves the lack of value that life has in Pakistan, whether it is human life or animal life.

  15. Majnoo says:
    March 1st, 2011 7:22 am

    For all the people who criticize the post, answer me this,

    1) Where in Quran or Hadith does it say that it is ok to treat animals like this or even condone it?
    2) As for the person on Facebook who calls this propaganda, and says, “I bet none of you have ever slaughtered an animal yourself … ” Well, I have & still do at least every EID & this treatment of an animal is disgusting to me. Those animals, the ones for slaughter, are to be treated with kindness, since they are being slaughtered for Allah, in addition all the animals in your care should not be abused at all.
    3) I condemn all terrorism, drone, suicide, ‘fidayee’ etc. etc.

  16. Ahmed says:
    March 1st, 2011 9:12 am

    If this is cruel, then so is slaughter of tens of thousands of animals for Eid.

    And, so is the killing of animals that happens every day for the pleasures of our tastebuds in our carnivorous country.

    Lets not use sophistry to hide the double standards. Either condemn all killing or accept it all. Isn’t it convenient that God always asks for poor little animals in sacrifice and never us humans?


  17. Anwar says:
    March 1st, 2011 10:01 am

    As sad, bad and sadistic this sports is, let it not imply that people in Pakistan are barbaric, cruel and backward. This is very common sport in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and other southern sates of the US. Not to mention some northern states like Ohio and Michigan… In fact just a few days ago three fighting pit bulls were confiscated and destroyed by the law enforcement agencies… Rooster fights and betting is another illegal sports in the US… The only difference is that over here laws are on the books and when caught, the culprits face the music. Pakistan needs similar laws and most importantly, the enforcement of laws…

  18. faisal says:
    March 1st, 2011 3:16 pm

    What else would you expect from a society where literacy rate is as low as it is, and source of recreation and entertainment are scarce at best.

  19. fuzair says:
    March 1st, 2011 6:29 pm

    Agree; absolutely disgusting. But what do you expect given the way we treat our own people (servants, haris, etc.)?

    Way back in the 1970s, the UK Kennel Club banned the export of bull terriers to Pakistan because they were used to improve the fighting breed. I assume the ban is still in place?

  20. Adnan says:
    March 2nd, 2011 1:09 am

    These jahils seems much better than the jahils of “Civilized” and “literate” West.

  21. ali b says:
    March 2nd, 2011 3:28 am

    This is absolutely cruel, should be banned and the organizers should be punished, organizing dog fights and seriously hurting the dogs cannot be called entertainment.In other countries there may be a different reason for holding such events, but in Pakistan this is probably happening because people have nothing else to do, until they are provided employment and access to other facilities they will come to witness such kind of sports.

  22. ShahidnUSA says:
    March 2nd, 2011 5:56 am

    This is an ulmia or the dilemma of the ‘third world’country that people here very quickly find a ‘feel good’ example of some bad apple in the ‘civilized’country to defend themselves.

    We are talking about here the reasons why the country is left behind among the nations so stop the COP OUT! Mr Adnan

    Two wrongs do not make a right!

  23. Gulab Khan says:
    March 2nd, 2011 7:53 am


    I never implied drone attacks as rationale for fighting dogs. I say innocent people and children are killed in drone attacks yet the Pakistanis blog is more worried about highlighting this instead of children dying not far from here on both side of border.

    This is a barbaric practice should be banned but what about extra judicial murders of innocents by drones? Do you see any banners on sidebar condemning civillian murder?

  24. shuaib says:
    March 2nd, 2011 10:02 am

    I am simply speechless. The guy is proudly confessing to rape on tv and still walking fre.

  25. March 2nd, 2011 1:38 pm

    bad news stop it wwf and other

  26. Faraz says:
    March 2nd, 2011 1:56 pm

    OK! Lets have some perspective here.

    I would never condone or participate in anything like this. But it’s really fascinating how people react (or rather overreact) to animal abuse. Animals are animals. That’s why we use donkeys to drag our carts, and slaughter cows for food. No outrage there? Ok what you see in this article is wrong. But aren’t there so many worse things happening to HUMANS so much MORE FREQUENTLY than the occasional dog fight? We have become so desensitized to human suffering, yet seeing animals in pain prompts us to throw around words like “disgusting!” and “horrific!” Not to mention, these people probably don’t have a whole lot of other forms of entertainment available to them, unlike so many of the expatriates who post responses here. So lets have a little perspective, and lets not be so judgemental.


  27. Sarah says:
    March 2nd, 2011 7:28 pm

    In my opinion, it is equally sad and apathetic that a dog fight and the sufferings incurred due to this sport or the likes is comapring with the death and suffering of the people who have lost their lives in bombing, blasts, terrorist attacks and so on.

    Furthermore, I wish we can stand by the fact that “wrong” is simply “wrong” and nothing can justify it whether a victim is an animal or a human being.

    Shame on those who justify such acts!

    Pakistan main insaniat ka janaza hee nikal chuka ha!

  28. Sarah says:
    March 2nd, 2011 7:30 pm

    In my opinion, it is equally sad and apathetic that a dog fight and the sufferings incurred due to this sport or the likes is compared with the death and suffering of the people who have lost their lives in bombing, blasts, terrorist attacks and so on.

    Furthermore, I wish we can stand by the fact that “wrong” is simply “wrong” and nothing can justify it whether a victim is an animal or a human being.

    Shame on those who justify such acts!

    Pakistan main insaniat ka janaza hee nikal chuka ha!

  29. F K says:
    March 2nd, 2011 7:51 pm

    I think we have a problem in how we discuss and analyze the issues facing Pakistan. Yes, there are many and we can say some are more serious than others. However, I don’t think this means that anytime someone brings up a problem, we just state that it is not important relative to another problem so end of discussion.

    Cruelty to animals is a big sin in Islam so if we are willing to complain about social issues because they are sins in Islam, let’s tackle this issue as well.

    The drone attacks that are always brought up are a sad reality. Pakistan has become a country with absolutely no law and order. The fact that this absence of law and order is now allowing other countries to be attacked (with the planning taking place in Pakistan) is what is causing all of this. The international criminal court has already said the drone attacks are illegal. Have you ever wondered why Pakistan has not taken the US to court then? The government is aware of the problems emanating from the tribal areas and I am absolutely sure that they have given the green light for the attacks. You would be a fool to think that any other official would refuse the US if they were in the same position (Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Farooq Sattar, Asfandyar Wali etc). Pakistan needs to tackle the root of these problems, which is education and the economy. Within these two categories, there are many subcategories that need to be addressed. Different segments of society can focus on specific issues. The whole country doesn’t need to be delusional and protest drone attacks and stay silent when someone with training in N Waziristan tries to blow up a busy street in New York.

  30. haroon says:
    March 3rd, 2011 1:51 pm

    Its barbaric, inhuman and pure Evil.

  31. Anwer says:
    March 5th, 2011 6:47 am,8599,2056506,00.html

    In Afghanistan, Dogfighting Is a Popular Weekend Entertainment

  32. Naan Haleem says:
    March 5th, 2011 6:28 pm

    A simple question:

    Given the continuous bloodshed in the form of terrorism and drone attacks, how could you expect Pakistanis to think compassionately towards animals?

    I mean its a matter of mindset. We are so much accustomed to almost daily news of bloodshed that animal cruelty is not even categorized as an issue. Its like cart in front of horse dilemma to expect rational and sensible civic life from Pakistanis without releasing them from WAR OF TERROR.

  33. Raees Ahmed says:
    March 16th, 2011 12:25 pm

    What about Bull Fighting ????????
    That is called sports because it is an Eurpean Nations Entertainment.

  34. Mike Ebertz says:
    May 2nd, 2011 4:02 pm

    It is my opinion that these kinds of things, dog-fighting, prostitution, gambling, though they are not good things, are not what people should concentrate on. What should be dealt with is the inequality of women. When women have exactly the same rights as men, tackle these smaller things.

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