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Oh you tell me something about sport, I will tell you about the horse- and dog-racing.The welfare of the animals involved is at best a secondary concern. Horses are frequently injured and die in horse races, especially races over hurdles such as the infamous British 'Grand National'; they are also blinkered and whipped to make them run faster. It is unconvincing to claim that the animals can enjoy being subjected to this. As for the conditions the animals are kept in, these may be good for the top dogs and horses, but in the main conditions are poor, and once the animals cease to win races they are likely to be neglected, abandoned, or slaughtered. What about this thing?
But all cultures throughout history have used animals in the context of sport and entertainment, from Roman chariot racing up to present day hunting, racing, and circuses. The issue here is not whether or not we can use other species for our own purposes - we can and it is only natural - the issue is animal cruelty, which everyone can agree should be ended.
the romans are an invalid rebuttal statement, because the roman also have slaves itch no longer are allowed in most pats of the world.animals brought into the circus are saved for being killed except for a few cases. and racing, once you transform a bunch of horses into racing horses then the breed racing horses, what should we use them for if they cant be raced. it sounds like you would kill them or neglect them till they die both are animal cruelty. also the sports that are played today have been evaluated. and unless putting them to near death or killing them or neglecting them is involved than it is allowed (except hunting, that still has to be evaluated).
This debate is not about whether it is right for human beings to farm and eat other animals - this is covered in the debates on animal rights and vegetarianism. Neither is it about zoos, which are also covered in their own debate. Rather this debate is about various other uses of animals for sport, pleasure, and entertainment. A wide variety of examples from different cultures around the world might be brought into this debate: 'blood sports' such as fox and stag hunting, and fishing; forms of entertainment using performing animals, such as circuses; and sports in which animals perform for human enjoyment, such as horse racing and bull fighting.
I like your idea about DNA. But the circus is another arena in which human beings abuse other animals. Animals are trained to perform tricks using whips, electronic goads, sticks, food-deprivation etc. Wild animals such as lions, tigers, and elephants are kept in shamefully inadequate conditions in tiny spaces. The necessity of regular transportation means that the circus can never provide an appropriate home for wild animals. These animals are forced to travel thousands of miles in cramped and squalid conditions and frequently end up physically and mentally ill. And what for?
Purely for the entertainment of we arrogant exploitative humans. What sort of lesson does it teach our children about non-human animals to take them to the circus and see these great creatures demeaned and controlled by force to perform silly tricks?
And how can you say that animals like their work? How do you understand their thoughts feelings, emotions? How can you say that there are good conditions in zoos? If you were in our nation zoo you could see starving poor animals. I dont know anything about american or europian zoos but there are lots of such zoos with awful conditions.
You understand exactly what I mean. I dont need to ask anybody about their methods because during my life I had seen some of them and i still can not forget them. As you said and i agree all forms of sport and entertainment that exploit non-human animals should be banned; animals, like us, can feel fear, stress, exhaustion, and pain.I know it. I have three dogs and three cats. To use animals for our own amusement, whether hunting them for sport or making them perform for us, is demeaning to ourselves as well as to them.
Bull fighting is primarily a form of entertainment because if they did not do it human would be the dead ones. animals when on these dangerous sports you talk of are subjected to just as much of a chance to death as humans. also hunting since animals have evolved to populate a lot if we stopped our hunting they would become the cause of extinction for other animals.
I note that the topic says sport and entertainment so any form of entertainment that humans find entertaining should be included in this argument. This should include zoo because although zoos can be used to gain knowledge about animals, there are also people who deliberately mock and laugh at zoo animals. They throw sticks and rocks and say horrible comments completely for their own entertainment.