Dog Fights Held in Kabul

Published January 9th, 2011 - 01:52 GMT

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.

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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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.

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.

Dog fighting seems entertaining to some people.

Dog fighting seems entertaining to some people.

Afghans spectate during the weekly dog fights.

Afghans spectate during the weekly dog fights.

Afghan spectators watch as two fighting dogs attack each other.

Afghan spectators watch as two fighting dogs attack each other.

A dog waits to fight

A dog waits to fight

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

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

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

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

Another dog waits his fight, or his death?

Another dog waits his fight, or his death?

And the fight is still going rough...

And the fight is still going rough...

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

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

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

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

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