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

Posted on February 28, 2011
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Society
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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 responses to “This is Not Sport. This is Cruel. And Illegal.”

  1. ashfaqueshah says:

    bad news stop it wwf and other

  2. shuaib says:

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

  3. Gulab Khan says:


    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?

  4. ShahidnUSA says:

    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!

  5. ali b says:

    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.

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