Here's a Comment, left for an earlier post, by Nancy J. Kronk of the Interfaith Association of Animal Chaplains. (Posting it here so you won't have to search for the post.)
As the Chair of Animal Chaplains.com, I have been horrified to learn about dogfighting and the cruel torturing, maiming, and killing that takes place in it. I am saddened that celebrities like athlete Michael Vick and rapper DMX have been implicated in such unbelievably bloody crimes. The blogosphere seems to focus on the wrong questions, IMHO. Instead of, "Are animals as important as humans?", the real question should be, "Do animals suffer?"
Like humans, animals are sentient beings who feel pain. That is not only an intuitive reality, but a scientific fact. We are instructed by all of the worlds major faiths to care for animals in responsible, loving ways. It is our moral and spiritual obligation to protect them. Please join us on October 4th, 2007, in cities all around the world to celebrate "World Animal Day". On that day, animals will be blessed and honored, and we will hopefully all realize how lucky we are to have them in our world. For more information, search on the words "World Animal Day" for a celebration near you.
Nancy J. Cronk
Founder, Chair and Chaplain
Interfaith Association of Animal Chaplains