Animal Cruelty: The Roosters’ turn

It seems that every time a big story breaks on a particularly distasteful topic (animal cruelty), cases involving such brutality come out of the proverbial woodwork.

First Michael Vick and his alleged dogfighting ring, next we heard about 2 teenage girls allegedly setting a kitten on fire and now this:

“Police: Cheering Men Lead To ‘Professional’ Cockfighting Operation: Massive Grave Of Dead Birds, $25,000 In Cash Found”

I know that cockfighting is a tradition in my native México (as is bullfighting). I recall when my folks would take us to the annual local fair and though we never went to see the cockfighting, it was part of the ‘festivities’.

From what I understand, any proposal to ban these ‘sports’ is met with resistance and cries of ‘what about tradition!’. Sadly this among other things, is one tradition of my parent culture that I renounce and do not hold dear but as my family will attest that is another topic for another day.

Though animal cruelty is by no means acceptable there are those that for emotive and irrational reasons, will have us believe that harming an animal is the same as harming a human being, and why not if we are just hairless apes?

Dennis Prager’s latest column, “Cruelty to Animals Leads to Cruelty; Kindness to Animals Doesn’t Lead to Kindness”, further goes inside this facet of a sensitive issue.

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3 Responses to Animal Cruelty: The Roosters’ turn

  1. 😦

    I don’t even like buying from Pilgrim’s Pride chicken any more because there were some people treating the chickens cruelly there.

  2. Don’t the roosters feel pain? I think they do.

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. However…

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk
    Founder, http://www.AnimalChaplains.com

  3. Laz says:

    Nancy,
    Did you even read the post? I’m not for cockfighting.

    Yes the roosters do feel pain, but that is no reason to equate them with human beings, who are made in the image of God. Whatever the Imago Dei is, animals were not given it by God.

    Does that mean that we can be cruel to them? Of course not, but neither does it mean that they are inherently the same as human beings. Naturally (no pun intended), if you hold to the dogma that human beings are merely animals then yes I can see how one would adopt the twisted mentality of many animal rights advocates, that a fish is a dog is a rat is a boy.

    You brought up major “faiths” and what they say regarding stewardship of this earth and its inhabitants. Are you aware that these same “major faith[s]” also speak of how animals are there to feed us and nourish us? Or are you not down with that?

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