Yesterday morning, September 20, 2002, I was watching television news at around 6:45, when one of the items included Bull-Fighting in South East Asia.
I believe that Bull-fighting anywhere, is both an aberration and exercise in human cruelty above and beyond. As a matter of fact, any type of animal-baiting is inexcusable behavior; even the use of “performing” animals, such as those used in circuses.
So, imagine how I felt when I saw two bulls fighting each other in a large open-air arena in Vietnam. And this passes as great entertainment, as the crowd cheers on, while the bulls fight to gore each other.
After the horrible spectacle, both bulls are slaughtered. Winner (as if there is one) and loser alike.
The US went to war against this South East Asian country in the staged excuse of the Gulf of Tonkin attack by Vietnamese torpedo boats on an American Battleship. The USA was wrong to go to war on this phony pretext.
But; if they went to war against Vietnam today. The Bull-fight would be more than enough justification for me.
It is remarkable how so much of the world is so vicious. No matter where you look. In Spain, it is the Bull-fights, as it is in Mexico and to a lesser degree in Portugal.
In virtually all of Asia, it is animal abuse to the absolutely highest order. In North America, even though there are laws against it, people routinely stage Cock-fights, Dog-fights and other battles between animals.
Mahatma Gandhi once said: “You can measure the progress of a nation by the way it treats its animals”. What else is there to say?
Interesting comments. In regards to the general public being unqualified to vote responsibly, I would disagree. Perhaps your average working American won’t be able to discuss the finer points of the big issues of government, but I think he’s qualified enough to know when the wool is being pulled over his eyes, or when he’s being given a fair shake. If Obama was voted in twice, just perhaps Mr. Joe Voter didn’t see a solid alternative? The GOP has many problems in this regard. Thanks.
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