"Afghan men hold a fighting dog on a long leash as it prepares for the weekly dog fights on December 11, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dogfighting is facing a resurgence after it had been banned under the Taliban for being un-Islamic."
Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images
Addendum: Anonymous offered an interesting counterpoint from Foreign Policy re the history of dog fighting in Afghanistan.
Like wrestling, the art in leverage, timing and speed. If, as occasionally happens, one dog shifts from wrestling to truly biting and drawing blood, the owners rush in and put both hands on the flanks of their own dogs, who break off immediately. The fight is called a draw and the next dogs come on.
No dogs die. Almost no dogs are injured (they are too valuable). Much yelling and wagering takes place, and by 2 in the afternoon everyone starts the long hike back to his village -- some with their honor enhanced by the audacity of their hounds and some with their honor diminished.
More at the link. The same source had another post about dogs in Afghanistan; unlike in Iran, the Afghan dogs are respected and while fierce are all household dogs, not strays.
I don't approve of dogfighting/bullfighting/cockfighting etc, but I may have been too quick with my implied condemnation. I also ran across something in my reading yesterday about the historically American "sport" of tying bulls to bears for fights; will blog later - but this is a football day.