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Should Animals Be In Sports

From camel racing to elephant polo, Kidzworld checks out animals and sports. Is it cruelty or just entertaining fun?

Animals in Sports - History

Animals have been used in sports since the days of the Ancient Greeks and Romans who used horses for chariot races. Since then, humans have used animals in all kinds of sporting pasttimes, such as equestrian (horse jumping), polo, bull fighting and even camel racing!

Animals in Sports - Riding, Fighting, Racing

  • Rodeos - Rodeos have around since the late 1900s. Rodeo cowboys try such events as bull riding, calf roping and bronco riding.
  • Bull Fighting - While many people think bull fighting is quite cruel, the sport is still popular in Spain and Mexico. During a bull fight, a matador taunts and torments an angry bull until the bull is killed.
  • Animal Racing - Humans have trained dozens of different kinds of animals to race in dozens of different kinds of terrain. In the Middle East and Africa, humans race camels. In the Arctic, dogs are used to pull sleds in dog sled races. And humans race horses at racetracks all over the world.

    Animals in Sports - Fun Facts

  • Elephant polo was first played at the beginning of the 20th century in India by wealthy British dudes. An annual championship is now played every December in Nepal.
  • Greyhound racing was started in the 1800s in the United States, after the dogs were brought over from Europe to help American farmers control the jackrabbit population.
  • The 1900 Olympics in Paris included a pigeon shooting event. The birds were released in front of a participant and the winner was the competitor who shot down the most birds from the sky. The event turned out to be quite messy with dead or injured birds on the ground and blood and feathers all over the place. The event has since been dropped from the Olympics.

    Animals in Sports - Good or Bad?

    Some people think that using animals in sports is cruel, while others say animals enjoy the healthy competition as much as humans do. What do you think? Is using animals in sports cruel? Or is it a fun way for humans and animals to work together? Are some sports involving animals crueler than others? what you think about animals being used in sports.

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    Should Animals Be Used In Sports? Vote!

    • Yes. They've been involved in sports for years and don't seem to mind it.
    • No way. It's cruel and unnecessary.
    • I think it's okay, as long as the animals are treated well.

    Sports In The Forums

    "FBGirl" wrote:I like cheerleading, but definitely NOT a sport! Sports are physical activity with competition and GEAR. The closest thing cheerleaders have to gear are pom-poms. And, yeah. Boys CAN cheerlead, but chances are they will be made fun of(not by me). Cheerleaders do A LOT of physical cheers and stunts, and we use ourselves instead of gear. A lot and most people underestimate cheerleaders for just some girls with poms and uniforms going "go team! yay!" because they have seen that in movies and tv. look up some cheer comp videos and still only some people with change their view of cheerleaders as girls on the sidelines doing uncreative cheers and stupid words to match. I hope this helped you understand a little bit more about cheerleading and cheerleaders. Peace Out!
    reply about 2 hours
    "lamiraclelemiracle" wrote:no cheering is not a sport it's something to turn people and the players up I was a cheerleader for 2 years (before I aged out) and we do not only wave pom poms int the air and yell "go team!!". All cheerleaders and coaches put A LOT of effort and time into making and practicing cheers. It is true that cheerleaders turn people and the players on...but it's much more than that. it's about having fun, teamwork, having some more fun, getting some exercise (uh that kinda makes it a sport right?), and great times with the other girls on your squad.   Rant over lol
    reply about 2 hours
    Lolly20 posted in Xtreme Sports:
    of coarse girls can be stronger than boys but some are not :wave
    reply 3 days
    How the game works: you roast the favorite american football player of the person above you  EXAMPLE: Mathew Stafford LIONS QB USER BELOW: hes the worst qb in nfl did you know that? Ok first person to reply roasts my player:  Favorite NFL Player: Antonio Brown #84 Pittsburgh Steelers
    reply 4 days
    Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
    as long as they r happy i think it is fine :)
    reply 7 days