I’ve been asked about animal fighting, more specifically about animals used by individuals to make money by getting those animals to compete in staged fights. Most typically, this involves dogs and roosters, but other animals are sometimes utilized in this idiotic, detestable practice. While it’s true that the animals involved tend to come from questionable sources—many of them are “found” and/or raised for the sole purpose of fighting other animals of their same species—I do not see these sorts of news stories as part of this site's purview, or directly related to this organization’s existence. In many ways--as I alluded to in post #2--they’re akin to the news stories about protests earmarking the harboring and ill treatment of elephants (and some other animals) by zoos and circuses, or the way elephants are routinely mistreated by their trainers and mahouts in many Asian societies.
Yes, such instances of animal abuse are both disturbing and malevolent; and yes, the people who do this sort of thing should be prosecuted for committing such callous acts of self-centered behavior that is directed toward otherwise innocent animals (i.e., solely to make money off of these animals by instigating and staging fighting); and, yes, the animals involved frequently to die from these human-initiated battles. However, this is not the same as poaching, or even cattle rustling, and these sorts of stories are best left to other sites and other groups to deal with. There are plenty animal abuse, animal rescue, and animal rights organizations that regularly shed light on such tragic, mindless behavior, and I believe that No Animal Poaching is not the most appropriate site to highlight this sort of heinous activity. If the animals involved are in fact poached animals—and I suspect that in most instances that’s not a very clear-cut, irrefutable fact—then that would seem to be a case in point where such news posting do belong here. But, as repugnant as these stories are, I don’t anticipate them appearing here on a recurring basis.
Think otherwise? Please feel free to comment and express your views. I would very much like to hear what you have to say about this.