Dog Fights Held in Kabul

Published January 9th, 2011 - 14:52 GMT

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Dog fighting has been documented in the recorded history of many different cultures, and is presumed to have existed since the initial domestication of the species. Many breeds have been bred specifically for the strength, attitude, and physical features that would make them better fighting dogs.

Scholars speculate that large-scale human migration, development of trade, and gifts between royal courts of valuable fighting dogs facilitated the spread of fighting dog breeds. There are many accounts of military campaigns which used fighting dogs, as well as royal gifts in the form of large dogs. Continue reading below »

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Afghan spectators watch as two fighting dogs attack each other during the weekly dog fights, Kabul, Afghanistan. Dogfighting was banned under the Taliban for being un-Islamic but it is now common practice.
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Image 1 of 11:  1 / 11Afghan spectators watch as two fighting dogs attack each other during the weekly dog fights, Kabul, Afghanistan. Dogfighting was banned under the Taliban for being un-Islamic but it is now common practice.

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Dog fighting seems entertaining to some people.
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Afghans spectate during the weekly dog fights.
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Afghan spectators watch as two fighting dogs attack each other.
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A dog waits to fight
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Two Afghans hold a dog on leashes during the weekly dog fights.
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Full absence of animal rights organizations, due to the presence of terrorism?
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Another dog waits his fight, or his death?
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And the fight is still going rough...
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Some people pet their dogs, some people let their dogs suffer!
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“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”  Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886
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Image 11 of 11:  11 / 11“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886

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Afghan spectators watch as two fighting dogs attack each other during the weekly dog fights, Kabul, Afghanistan. Dogfighting was banned under the Taliban for being un-Islamic but it is now common practice.

Image 1 of 11Afghan spectators watch as two fighting dogs attack each other during the weekly dog fights, Kabul, Afghanistan. Dogfighting was banned under the Taliban for being un-Islamic but it is now common practice.

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Dog fighting seems entertaining to some people.

Image 2 of 11Dog fighting seems entertaining to some people.

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Afghans spectate during the weekly dog fights.

Image 3 of 11Afghans spectate during the weekly dog fights.

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Afghan spectators watch as two fighting dogs attack each other.

Image 4 of 11Afghan spectators watch as two fighting dogs attack each other.

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A dog waits to fight

Image 5 of 11A dog waits to fight

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Two Afghans hold a dog on leashes during the weekly dog fights.

Image 6 of 11Two Afghans hold a dog on leashes during the weekly dog fights.

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Full absence of animal rights organizations, due to the presence of terrorism?

Image 7 of 11Full absence of animal rights organizations, due to the presence of terrorism?

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Another dog waits his fight, or his death?

Image 8 of 11Another dog waits his fight, or his death?

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And the fight is still going rough...

Image 9 of 11And the fight is still going rough...

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Some people pet their dogs, some people let their dogs suffer!

Image 10 of 11Some people pet their dogs, some people let their dogs suffer!

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“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”  Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886

Image 11 of 11“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886

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Blood sports involving the baiting of animals has occurred since antiquity, most famously at the Colosseum in Rome during the reign of the Roman Empire. For over six hundred years the pastime flourished, reaching the peak of its popularity during the 16th century. The various animal types involved in the bait allowed for the breed specialization and basic anatomical forms of fighting dogs, which we see today.

Dog fighting has been popular in many countries throughout history and continues to be practiced both legally and illegally around the world.

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