|SOME JACKASSES SAY THIS IS A GOOD WAY TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG|
I know some of you are going to say with everything going on in the world, why does this guy choose to write about dogs. Someone will comment about how I must care more about dogs then...Someone else will just scoff. Many will simply ignore.
Don't make me no never mind.
A friend of mine told me the other day about the so called sport of pulling, dog pulling. Human beings take their dogs, hook em up to some huge weight, and have them start pulling. Are you kidding me? There is the usual quacking about how the dogs just love it, how great the training is for them, this that and the other thing. Heard it all before.
I've posted before about the awfulness of greyhound racing. I happen to be best buds with a greyt named Hawk, and before Hawk there was Whitney and Sasha. Truth is I do love dogs. I don't understand people who don't get these wonderful creatures and all they have to offer.
But whatever. Not everyone is a dog person and that's okay.
However, no one has the right to treat dogs, or any other animal (including the human kind) with cruelty. No one has the right to turn torture and pain into some entertainment venue. Make no mistake about, folks, that is exactly what the people do who carry on what you are about to read about.
And what can I even say about those who get a kick out of watching this crap. Don't make me go there.
The International Weight Pull Association (nice name, huh) was formed three decades ago. I just wanted to say that. I'm not following up.
Dave Gallagher says,
It’s a bonding thing. Can you force the dogs into doing it? Yeah. Is it the right way of doing it? No. If you bond with the dogs, they’ll work a lot harder than if you force them into doing it.
What the hell is he talking about? He wants to bond with his dog so he can get it to do something that will hurt it. When was the last time Dave, I wonder, saw a dog, just on it own, try to pull something that weights more than a hundred times what it does...for fun. Are we seriously to presume there is nothing a dog likes better than muscle strains, tears, heart and kidney failure, severe osteoarthritis in all joints, and other injuries common to this stuff?
Dave may be that dumb, but dogs are not.
Dogtime describes the torture:
Competing dogs are tethered to a wheeled cart by a special harness, and they must use their body strength to pull increasingly heavy loads, usually consisting of concrete or bricks. For each timed round, the weight-pulling dogs must drag their loads a total of 16 feet down a track. The dog who manages to pull their load the required distance in the fastest time wins. Each competing dog’s owner or handler makes no physical contact with their pooch during the rounds; they must stand in front of the animal and coach it forward.
Have I mentioned that dogs not only pull weight on grass but also compete in events pulling sleds on snow and carts on a rail system on carpet? On rails, some dogs have pulled up to five tons.
Enzo Cullotta, a weight-pulling judge from St. Charles, Illinois, has owned many American Bulldogs who have competed in pulling events. Cullotta says that he starts training his dogs to pull at four months of age by having them drag heavy chains. He also trains them further by tethering his dogs to his bicycle and running them for six miles at a time.
“They’re not just a pet,” he says. “They’re a machine. When they got it, it just makes it so much fun.”
... During a recent International Weight Pull Association (IWPA) event in Riverton, Connecticut, dog owner Todd Sheehan competed with his 103-pound Alaskan Malamute, Valiant, who managed to pull a cart stacked with concrete blocks nearly 10 times his body weight. Though Valiant won the competition, pulling more than 1,000 pounds behind him, Sheehan expressed frustration that his dog couldn’t pull 1,200 pounds instead.
“He still needs work,” Sheehan tells Aljazeera of Valiant. “He’s gotta stop backing up and stepping out of the harness.”
Would you want to bond with these A-holes, if you were a dog?
The USA may not get it, but Costa Rica does. Lawmakers in Costa Rica, passed a bill that would permanently ban dog fighting, dog pulls, and ‘all events that could cause aggression, abuse or injury to dogs.’ The bill imposes stricter fines and penalties of up to three years in prison for people caught in the act of this behavior. Opposing View writes:
“We are very pleased that this slipped right under the wire,” Cynthia Dent, the regional director for the Humane Society International-Latin America said noting the vote came at the very end of the session.
Not only does the new ban clarify and categorize dog fighting as a true criminal act, but it also imposes stiffer penalties for convictions. These include prison terms of up to three years for a first offense, plus steep fines.
The bill also introduces an “offender’s list” for those found guilty of organizing dog fights. They would be required to register with the Animal Health Service in Costa Rica, with the goal of making it more difficult for them to obtain aggressive dogs.
Meanwhile, in the USA many continue to get their rocks off at the expense of other living beings, in this case dogs, but rest assured, anyone who could see positives in forcing a dog to pull 5000 pounds is quite capable of getting their jollies torturing just about anything that moves...and that includes you.
The following is from YouSignAnimals.org
OUTLAW WEIGHT PULLING COMPETITIONS FOR DOGS
IN THE UNITED STATES!