Animal-shelter fund-raiser a “huge success”
Watermelon Mountain Ranch’s first Art under the Stars event to benefit its building fund was a huge success, according to WMR’s Sophia DiClemente, who stated, “Over 250 people joined in for this fun-filled event at Milagro Brewery and Grill.”
Guests were met on the red carpet by WMR Kids holding dogs and puppies that needed a home. Three lucky dogs found a home that evening.
Pam Putnam, the event chair, secured over eighty-five beautiful works of art from around the Southwest. Silent-auction donors came from as far away as California and Texas to talk about their art and participate in what will become an annual event. Putnam and her committee secured over 150 wonderful silent-auction items, including balloon rides, flights on Southwest Airlines, dinners, jewelry, gift certificates, fine art, wines, and much more.
DiClemente’s advice: “If you missed it this year, be sure to participate next year.”
All proceeds went to benefit the WMR building fund.
Children under 10 admitted free ...
—Richard "Bugman" Fagerlund
and Holly Kern
There is a new “sport” spreading throughout the South. Actually it has been around for around ten years, but it isn't well publicized and not very many people know about it. It is so obscure we aren't even sure we know where it is legal. One state, Louisiana, allows this "sport" to take place, but saner minds in that state are trying to do away with it.
It is called hog-dog fighting. It claims to show off a dog’s hunting skills by putting it in the ring with a pig. The dog, usually pit bulls, will attack the pig by biting it on the neck, snout, or anywhere else it can get a grip. The pig has no escape, as the "human handlers" stomp on the pigs faces and kick them to the ground if they try to protect themselves. This helps the dogs get a better grip on the pig. The pig screams in pain as the dog chews on its snout, ears, or tail, and the crowd goes wild, cheering and laughing.
Before the "fight," the boar’s tusks are cut off with bolt cutters. The animal is then forced down a chute leading to the pit. Children will often poke the pigs with sticks or shovels in order to force them down the chutes.
The hog-doggers and chicken Nazis are a cancer on our society as they are destroying the moral fabric of our children by bringing them to their sadistic events and bragging about their vile behavior.
This country has become a decadent society because we allow these people to fight and torture animals for their own prurient pleasure. What makes it worse is that they are teaching their kids that chicken fighting and hog-dogging are normal and moral activities and nothing could be further from the truth.
I am not a fan of empowering the federal government to do anything. However, it is necessary that the feds become more involved in animal-cruelty issues. A state that allows dogs to maul pigs under the banner of "family entertainment" is not doing its citizens justice, nor are the two states (Louisiana and New Mexico) that still allow chicken Nazis to fight roosters.
Viki Elkey, Joanna Strange, and I are working on a book about cockfighting, dogfighting, factory farming, and other forms of animal cruelty. We would be interested in opinions regarding these activities from people around the world— firstname.lastname@example.org or www.askthebugman.com.