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Cruel Dog Fights to Mark End of CNY in China Dismissed as “Necessary Entertainment”

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Two dogs fight barbarically in cages.

Hundreds of spectator crowd around the ring, cheering them on.

The prize? A pack of cigarettes and a mug for the owner of the winning dog.

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Shocking scenes like these have spurred animal activists in China to cry animal abuse.

The vicious dogfights you see in these pictures, which lasted over several days, were organised by six villagers in Sanjiao village in Jishan county in northern China’s Shanxi province.

They were held to mark the end of Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival in China.

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Locals, and the organisers  say the dog fights are necessary as entertainment as the village is in a poor, rural area.

Police have said the event did not breach any laws and that there have been no official complaints.

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China has no animal cruelty laws, and a person who damages a dog or another animal can only be prosecuted for damaging property if the animal belongs to somebody.

Dogfighting is illegal, but only if it involves bets.

Simply allowing the animals to fight purely for entertainment comes into a grey area where it is difficult to prosecute anyone involved.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. gig eberl

    March 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    STOP IT NOW !!!!

  2. rocky reuter

    March 5, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    this disgusting display and cruel thing MUST BE STOPPED, and it MUST BE STOPPED NOW!! how sick and anyone who would get enjoyment from watching this is the sign of a very disturbed and sick mind. STOP THIS HORROR NOW!!!

  3. keomany

    March 5, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    This is very cruel ama should not be done… they have feeling also and pain, we as human beings need to treat living things as such.

  4. Lynn Quamme

    March 5, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    This is so wrong. Why do people need to witness violence of any kind? These animals are God’s creations too. We can learn so much from them in that they don’t fight among themselves or with others for ‘entertainment’. They are more humane than we are.

    This type of behavior leads to crimes against mankind. Please stop this insanity.

  5. Rita Battaglia

    March 5, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Dog fighting must be stopped NOW.

  6. Donna Harrell

    March 5, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    These people kill children and eat dogs and cats so this is nothing to them they are animals themselves China needs to move forward and need entertainment how about they fight instead of using animals cowards

  7. Emy Rath

    March 5, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    It’ needs to be ban as it is cruelty to animals to fight. Its torture and abuse. Why don’t you people get on the ring and fight instead of this helpless dogs that can’t speak for themselves. Chinese are more animals than animals themselves. Makes your country look so disgusting and I will never go to china if I can help it.

  8. caroline

    March 5, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    This is so disgusting, how can people do this to animals and worse thing is how can people watch this go on, they should be so ashamed of them self, and ihope that something bad happens to every single person that is there, dog fighting has been band 180 years and it still goes on all over the world and it breaks my heart

  9. Christy

    March 5, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    THESE PEOPLE ARE EVIL AND SICK IN THE HEAD…THEY HAVE NO HEART ! WHY DON’T THEY FIGHT THEM SELF….?

  10. sesil akturk

    March 5, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    put an end to cruelty

  11. Christine

    March 5, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I don’t care how poor you are. Money, conditions of living should give no rights to be abusive in any way. Just because I don’t have a high income should not make it ok for me to entertain child, animal or any kind of pain on a living being. This rationalization is ubsurd!

  12. Anonymous

    March 6, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Should be ashamed of yourself
    And your country this is the 21st century
    NOT THE MIDDLE AGES GET A F## KING
    GRIP IF YOU BELIVE IN KARMA IT’S COME NG FOR YOU ALL MARK MY WORDS DISCUSTING
    YOUR COUNTY WILL BE boycotted

  13. Yvonne

    March 6, 2015 at 2:18 am

    I’m sure the boredom stage has stop them from finding a way to push forward as a society and as always animals take the void

  14. Tracy Eddleston

    March 6, 2015 at 7:32 am

    This is bloody outrageous.. Shocking

  15. Justme

    March 6, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Leave the innocent animals out of this and fight amongst yourselves you a$$wipes!
    Disgusting!

  16. Diana Heinz

    March 6, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Die sollen sich doch gegenseitig ab schlachten diese Herz und hirnlosen Idioten.Tiere quälen zum Spaß? Sowas von krank und pervers

  17. Uwe Termeer

    March 7, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Pleace stopp it

  18. rebecca hillson

    March 9, 2015 at 3:22 am

    what is wrong with these people? they should be ashamed of themselves this is barbaric and unforgivable…we are in the year 2015 now this should of been banned years ago!! you make me sick!!

  19. miriam nickel

    March 9, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Humans are monster. No words

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