Dog fighting is a cruel sport, but so is bull fighting.  And if one is not a vegan, one is implicated in the horrendous treatment of chickens raised by agribusiness — caged and debeaked so that they cannot peck each other in frustration — or young calves starved to produce white veal — or pigs jammed into huge foul pens — or cows brutally slaughtered by being hung up by one leg with throats then slit to drain blood.

The recent prosecution and hard hit on Michael Vick looks to be the height of American hypocrisy.  I grew up around farm animals back when they lived fairly decent lives until they were killed.  But now we have made their lives pure hell.  Pigs, incidentally, are the most intelligent of the lot.  And I once killed a chicken by chopping off its head.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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